With temperatures in the low 90s, and humidity pushing 100%, and zero breeze to speak of, the majority of participants in 21st Annual Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike Show in Urbana, Ohio chose to park in the wooded area surrounding Skelly Lumber rather than the open field. The annual 4th of July car show hosted by the Champaign Cruisers registered 472 vehicles this year. This was down from the 640 cars and trucks that registered for last year's show. No doubt the heat and humidity had an effect on attendance. It was beastly hot even in the shade!
Prior years the president of the Champaign Cruisers Car Club was the lead organizer of the show. This year organization was turned over to a committee of club members. I'm please to report that the committee didn't miss a beat. This is one of the best organized shows you'll ever attend and this year was no exception.
The show is also a pretty good bargain. The $10 registration fee automatically enters you in the drawing for door prizes (most of which are gas cards) and the drivers pot. One lucky participant went home after the show $472 dollars richer. The show also claims to be largest 50/50 raffle drawing in the area. The winning half on Wednesday was over $1000 dollars making this claim hard to refute.
There were plenty of food choices. I counted no less than nine food vendors at the show. They offered everything from kettle corn to pizza.