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Central Ohio Car Shows, Cruise-In, & Meet-Ups for July 1 – 7, 2024

1970 Chevy Camaro (All Original) - Owner: Bill Dennis

We celebrate the 4th of July on Thursday with two shows in the area, the annual Firecracker Car, Truck & Bike Show in Urbana, Ohio, and the C-Town Cruisers at the American Legion Canteen Post 144 in Columbus.

Monday (July 1):

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The weather forecast mid-week called for a 90% chance of rain with the possibility of severe storms on Saturday. It was enough to make two events originally scheduled for Saturday move to Sunday. But once again the weather forecasters got it wrong. There was little to no rain throughout much of Central Ohio and there weren't any severe storms. However, many cruisers expecting wet conditions stayed home on Saturday including myself.

Der Dutchman Cruise-In:

What a difference a week makes. With the temperature back in the low 80s and humidity about half of what it was the week before, attendance at the cruise-in shot up to 332 cars.

Just a reminder there is NO "official" cruise-in this week because of the July 4th Holiday. Wayne Nisly sent out the following email:

Honda Marysville Motorsports Bike & Car Night Meet-Up:

The were about 20 cars and roughly the same number of bikes at the meet-up on Friday evening.

I took advantage of the free food from the Triple P Barbecue Co. food truck and ordered a BBQ bacon burger and tater tots. It was a pretty good burger and who doesn't like tater tots?

A few of the bike owners took the opportunity to have their bikes dyno'd. The one below made a max of 82 hp.

It's always interesting to see what cars are available at Luxury Performance Sport next door.

Prairie Township Fire Department Fish Fry & Friday Cruise-In:

The Prairie Township Fire Department Hosted its annual Fish Fry and Cruise-in on Friday evening.

The cruise-in registered 118 cars this year. There were 40 "Favorite" Awards plus 10 Specialty Trophies.

Arch Mayer's 1997 Ford Cobra received a "Favorite 40" Award.

The Fire Chief's Choice was the 1957 Chevy Bel Air belonging to Jim Loftus.

Best of Show honors went to Dave Bratton and his 1937 Ford Wild Rod.

Conkey Classic Car Show:

Originally scheduled for May 11, the Conkey Classic Car Show was rescheduled for Sunday, June 30, because of the weather.

The show took place at Weaver Park at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Hilliard, Ohio. It honors the memory of Lou, Judy, and Dave Conkey who passed away from COVID-19 in 2020. Proceeds from the show go to the Conkey Memorial Foundation which assists persons with medical conditions and challenges.

Registration was $10 and included a chance to win one of the door prizes. There was also raffle prizes along with a 50/50 drawing. Multiple vendors had booths set up along the back fence of Weaver Park.

A total of 121 cars, trucks, and bikes were registered so it turned out to be a smart move to change the date to June 30. The weather was almost perfect for this time of year.

There were 15 "Specialty" car Awards and a Best of Show. There were also award plaques for the sponsors and awards for those who had participated in consecutive Conkey Classic shows. The kids also received awards for their Hula Hoop skills.

Here are the "Specialty" Award winners:

The Best Display Award went to Jeff Ward's 2002 Chevy S10 "Low Rider"

The Mojo Car Club received the Club Participation Award.

Mark and Patty Enyart's 1962 Chevy Impala SS was selected Best of Show.

Final Thoughts: Weaver Park at the Franklin County Fairgrounds is not the ideal venue for a car show in my opinion. The grass area is rough with multiple potholes and tree roots above ground. A show participant tripped in one of the holes on Sunday and fell. The individual had to be transported to the hospital by EMS with the likelihood of a broken arm. The rest of the car show season is probably ruined for this person. With many of us cruisers up there in age, the last thing needed is a surface with a high potential to cause a fall. The organizers of the Conkey Show or any show for that matter should consider moving away from Weaver Park as a location for a car show. I have done my last show at the park. The risk of a fall is not worth it.

Crossroads Car, Truck, & Bike Shows at East West Restaurant and Millersport Lions Club:

Frank Rusell and the Crossroads Events team hosted two shows this past weekend.

On Saturday the team was at the East-West Restaurant in Heath, Ohio hosting the monthly show at the restaurant.

It turned out to be 1966 Pontiac GTO Day with the two biggest awards going to Mike Marcum and his 1966 Pontiac GTO with the Veteran Owned Vehicle Award.

And Best of Show to Steve Schaeffer's 1966 Pontiac GTO.

On Sunday, The Crossroads Events team traveled to Millersport, Ohio to host a show at the Lions Club.

Larry Smith's 1985 Chevy El Camino SS received the Veterans Owned Vehicle Award.

The 1998 Chevy Corvette belonging to Brian Hall took home the Best of Show honors.

Frank and the team will be back at the Chubby Hawaiian in Baltimore, Ohio next Saturday (July 6, 2024).

Newark Eagles Car, Truck, & Bike Show:

Trisha Wilson hosted her annual car show at the Newark Eagles in Newark, Ohio on Sunday. Proceeds from the show go to rescue, spay, and neuter stray dogs and cats.

This year the show at 100 vehicles in attendance.

The People's Choice for Best of Show went to Ricky Wright and his all-original 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS.

Other Area Shows and News:

  • Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride was at PCC Transportation in Circleville, Ohio on Saturday. The show had 32 cars in attendance.
  • The Street Elite Corvette Club moved its open car show from Saturday to Sunday. The show had 123 entries.
  • the Mustang Club of Ohio traveled to West Chester, Ohio for the Queen City Mustangers 16th Annual Mustang / All Ford show. There were nine club members in attendance from all over the state. All nine received awards. The club also donated $5000 to the Queen City Mustangers for the Mustang Club of America National Show which it will be hosting in late June of 2025.
  • Around 35 cars attended the car show hosted by the C-Town Cruisers at the VFW 8794 in Whitehall, Ohio on Sunday. Here are a few of the cars from the show:

I want to thank this week's contributors:

  • Dale Pearce
  • Frank Russell
  • Arch Mayer
  • Jim Sradeja
  • Dave Grawe

Have a safe 4th of July Holiday. Stay cool. Next week's list will be posted on Monday per usual.

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2 thoughts on “Central Ohio Car Shows, Cruise-In, & Meet-Ups for July 1 – 7, 2024

  1. Rick Berry

    Is there anyway you can report on any shows in eastern Ohio western wva around the Ohio valley area in the panhandle of wva
    If so thanks so much
    Hope yo hear from you soon

    1. Kim Hawksworth

      Hello Rick,
      I appreciate your comment. Unfortunately, the focus of is central Ohio. This means events that are usually within an hour's drive of Columbus, Ohio. I do the majority of reporting on the events I attend. I have a group of volunteers who graciously send me info and photos from shows they attend that I did not or cannot attend. The sheer number of car events in Central Ohio makes it impossible to report on every event in the area. With the limited resources, there's no feasible way to cover events outside the Central Ohio area. Plus, I'm not sure the readership of would be that interested in events outside the area since most would not be participating in those events.

      Several Facebook groups cover car events over the entire state of Ohio and surrounding states. Ohio Car Shows and Cruise-Ins and Ohio Car Shows and Cruise News are the two largest. You might want to check them out.


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