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The Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain, Ohio held its first ever Coffee + Donut cruise-in Saturday morning. The event turned out to be a big success with 69 registered vehicles. Twelve were first time participants. Not bad considering the other shows in the area going on simultaneously.

For a little change of pace, the coffee and donuts were served out of the barn. The cost was $1 for a donut and $1 for a cup of coffee.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the coffee and pastries.

The cars parked in the field adjacent to the barn rather than the usual Thursday evening cruise-in spot.

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The big event this week will be the 37th Annual Arthritis Foundation Classic Auto Show and Cruise-In in Dublin, Ohio. There are still plenty of events in the area for those of us not going to the Arthritis show.

Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio will be holding its first Coffee and Donut Cruise-In Saturday morning. There will be special pricing on donuts at the Cruise-In. I can taste the long johns already.

Another dozen shows have been added to the Save the Dates Part Two page this week. July and August are "jam packed" with events to mark on your calendar.

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As the end of the year rapidly approaches, It's a good time to take a moment to look back at the 2017 car show season.  I had planned to write this year-end recap  back in November, but family commitments, Thanksgiving, my spouse convalescing from a total knee replacement, and updates to the website delayed this by a few weeks.

Now that things have started to settle down a bit, let's look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2017 season.

I managed to attend 80 events from January through November.  Of the 80 events, only six did I attend as a non-participant.

The list below reflects my opinion of the events I attended. In no way does it encompasses ALL the events that took place in Central Ohio during the season.  If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good or bad, please share it in the comments.  Feel free to also post a comment if you disagree with any of my choices.

Ok, so let's get started with the Good.

BEST REGISTRATION FEE CAR SHOWS:

  1. Champaign Cruisers 4th of July Car Show at Skelley's Lumbar Company in Urbana, Ohio.  You can tell the Cruisers have been doing this for 20 years.  The show is extremely well-organized. The club even goes as far as to mark off parking areas in the grass with spray paint.  There were plenty of food vendors,  nice door prizes, a unique venue, and great mix of vehicles from Ohio and Indiana.
  2. Vettes, Rods and Classic Car Show at the Creekside district in downtown Gahanna, Ohio.  Hosted by the Capital City Corvette Club, this show has grown steadily every year.  The Creekside district makes a unique venue for a car show.  There are plenty of restaurants in the district to meet most everyone's culinary tastes.  Judging is based on a point system, and awards are presented in two categories, one for the Corvettes and the other for the rods and classics.
  3. Cruisin' for a Cause at the Discover Church in Dublin, Ohio.  This show raises money for a different cause each year.  This year the cause was Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.  In addition to the cars, there's also a craft show and model car contest going on simultaneously.  Each year the show offers unique custom hand-made trophies.  All vehicles are thoroughly judged and awards are based on a point system.

Honorable Mention: The Purple Door Cruise In at the Grove City United Methodist Church, Spring Fling All Corvette Show at the Polaris Parkway Quaker Steak and Lube, and Cabela's Charity Car Show and Cruise In at the Cabela's store on Gemini Place in Columbus, Ohio.

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