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Here are the car events for this week. Even though the number of events is beginning to taper off, there are still car shows and cruise-in scheduled into November. Don't put those cars away just yet.

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Empty Pockets Cruisers Trunk or Treat Car Show:

The Empty Pockets Cruisers Car Club held their 8th Annual Trunk or Treat Show on Saturday at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church in Hilliard, Ohio.

The Empty Pockets Trunk or Treat event has always been one of my favorite shows to attend. And Saturday's show was no exception. Everyone seemed to be in the Halloween spirit. It felt like more cars came decorated this year than in past years. And more folks came dressed in costumes.

Despite the early morning rain, wet roads, and cool temperatures, the show managed to register more than 140 cars.

Plaques were awarded to the Favorite 40 cars and trucks and best costumes. The special awards included Best Decorations, Sponsors Choice, Church Choice, DJs Choice, and Kids Choice.

Here are some of the special award winners:

While the Trunk or Treat show is always fun, it can also be a little bittersweet because it signals the coming end to the car show season.

If you want to see more cars, trucks, and costumes from the Empty Pockets Cruisers Trunk or Treat Show, check out the show's PHOTO PAGE (Warning there are a lot of photos!).

Delaware Christian Church Car Show:

The Delaware Christian Church in Delaware, Ohio hosted their first-ever car show on Saturday. The Church registered around 55 cars. Registration and food were by donation. Dave Bratton, who attended the show, said there were a lot of cars he hadn't seen before. Dave participates in a lot of shows in Central Ohio so he is familiar with a lot of cars from around the area.

The Church presented spark plug trophies to their "Favorite" 15 cars along with trophies for the Best Bike and Pastor's Choice.

The Pastor's Choice award went to Cameron Striblin and his 1987 Ford F-150 Lariat. A 2021 Honda Trike received the Best Bike award.

For a first-time show, Dave thought the Church did a nice job. If you'd like to see more from the Delaware Christian Church Car Show, click on this PHOTO PAGE link.

St. Elizabeth Church Community Festival Car Show:

The St. Elizabeth Church off Sharon Woods Blvd. in Columbus, Ohio held its combined festival and car show on Sunday afternoon.

The Festival offered food and drink, games, and live music. The car show gave out dash plaques to the first 30 cars and also included a 50/50 raffle. The car show registered 60 vehicles.

The Church presented 25 Parish Awards. The special awards included a Pastor's Choice, Peoples Choice, two Parishioners Choice, and a Best of Show. In lieu of a trophy or plaque, the special award winners received a printed certificate and a $25 Walmart gift card.

Here are the special award-winners:

To see more from the St. Elizabeth Church Festival and Car Show, CLICK HERE.

Other Area Events:

  • Around 50 cars turned out at the Car Show for the Salvation Army Toy Drive on Saturday in Heath, Ohio. The show presented awards to the Top 20 cars. There was no Best of Show.
  • Saturday Nite Cruise at Nik Fixx Automotive with the C-Town Cruisers had roughly 30 cars. The Best of Show pick was a 1965 Ford Falcon convertible. I don't know the owner's name and I only have photos of the car's rear-end.
  • More than 50 cars showed up in Marysville, Ohio on Saturday evening for the last Mid Ohio Cruisers Cruisin' with the King show of the year. Next show will be the Snow Ball Cruise in January.
  • The Fourth of July Car Show at the Union County Fairgrounds was rescheduled this year from July 4th to October 16 and relabeled The Autumn Car Show. The show only attracted 22 cars on Saturday. The organizers might want to consider going back to July 4th in 2022.
  • About 23 cars attended the Coffee, Tea, and Autism Trunk or Treat event in Canal Winchester, Ohio on Sunday. Of course the kids picked a Cookie Monster themed car to win. Duh?

That's it for this week. If you have information on other shows from this past weekend, please feel free to post in the comment section.

I want to once again thank Dave Bratton, Dale Pearce, Anthony Musick, and Jeff Shankle for their help in putting together this week's report. I couldn't do it without their assistance.


A few events are trickling in for November. For the most up-to-date list of car events in Central Ohio through the rest of the season, check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page.


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This will be the last BIG Saturday of events for the 2021 season. The number of events starts to taper off after this weekend. This weekend will also mark the "unofficial" start to the Trunk or Treat season so get those Halloween costumes and candy ready.

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Der Dutchman Cruise-in:

Here's my final word on the Der Dutchman Cruise-in for this year. The banquet was this past Thursday. During the banquet, Wayne Nisly who manages the cruise-in pointed out that the cruise-in registered more than 2900 cars this summer. It sure has come a long way from the 18 cars that showed up the very first time I attended the cruise-in back in 2013.

Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts Store:

This month's Creative Automotive/Advanced Auto Parts show in Marysville, Ohio registered 20 cars on Friday evening. The show raised $144 for the Marysville and Milford Center Food Pantries.

Here are the manager's picks (click to enlarge):

LaRue Fall Bang Car Show:

The town of LaRue, Ohio held its Fall Bang Festival this past Friday and Saturday. For the first time, the Festival included a car show on Friday evening. The show registered between 35 and 40 cars. The organizers hope to make it an annual event.

To see more from the Fall Bang Car Show, CLICK HERE.

Performance Charity Car Show:

The Performance Charity Car Show in downtown Delaware, Ohio was originally scheduled for July 17 but because of weather forecasts calling for all-day showers (which didn't happen by the way), it was rescheduled to this past Saturday. As it turned out, it was a good call. The weather couldn't have been more perfect for a car show.

I predicted the show would be the biggest event of the weekend in Central Ohio and I was spot on. The show registered 460 cars. Counting those cars that showed up but didn't register, there were more than 500 cars during the afternoon in downtown Delaware on Saturday.

The show presented awards to the top 100 cars along with 20 Best of Show trophies. My unofficial "Early Bird" or "Are You Crazy" award goes to Sam and Barbara Parks. They arrived in the dark before Sandusky Street was even closed which was scheduled for 6 AM! The longest distance traveled was a car from South Carolina.

The Best of Show award went to Sherman and Austin Buck and their 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner:

Here are a few other winners:

Not pictured:

  • Best Pontiac - 1959 Pontiac Safare Wagon -Owner: Curtis Conklin
  • Best Buick - 1970 Buick GSX - Owner: Jeff Fortner

The October date proved to be so successful it was announced the show will be scheduled in October again next year.

Check out the Performance Charity PHOTO PAGE for a ton more cars, trucks, and bikes from the show.

Marysville Car Meet:

Between 75 and 80 cars showed up at the old Kroger parking lot in Marysville, Ohio for a Sunday afternoon car meet. It was definitely a younger crowd. Mustangs were the popular model of the day. There were a few Camaros and Corvettes and a couple of vehicles you don't see every day.

Other Area Shows:

  • The Hebron Nazarene Car and Truck Show registered 111 cars on Saturday. The 1959 DeSoto Fireflite Sportsman belonging to Jesse and Kaylee Bickel took the Best of Show honors.
  • Seventy-six cars turned out for the Danville Memorial Park Car Show on Sunday.

Special thanks to Mark and Cathy Krist, Dan Varner, Dale Pearce, and Jeff Shankle for helping make this week's report.


There are still a few events being announced for October and November. For the most up-to-date list of car events in Central Ohio through the end of the season, check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page.


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Most notable for this last week of October are several Thursday and Friday Halloween events.

News and Notes:

Not much left on the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Assuming nothing new is announced this week, I count only six events remaining for the rest of the year after this coming weekend.


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Here are the events for this week. By my count, there are only four more weekends left in the season.

Ohio State finally begins its Covid shortened football season this Saturday. Hopefully, we’ll have something to look forward to when car shows officially end for this year.

News and Notes:

Road Ready Window Tinting and Clear Bra held there first ever Cars and Cream Puffs cruise-in on Saturday. I counted a little more than 40 cars during the time I was there. Schmidt’s was there selling their famous Bahama Mamas and cream puffs.

Since Road Ready is located in Plain City, it was natural that a few cars that regularly attend the Der Dutchman Cruise-Ins would stop by.

This weekend saw a rare back-to-back Best of Show winner. This 1932 Hurst Kit car (sorry, don’t have the owners name) took the top award at the The Point on Main Spooktackular Show on Saturday and the Whitehall VFW 8794 Car Meet on Sunday.

I added a couple events last week to the Save the Dates for 2020 page. Check out this page for the list of events through the remainder of the season.


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Here are this week's Central Ohio Car events. This will be the last big Saturday of events for this season.

News and Notes:

The Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts show in Marysville on Friday evening registered 38 cars and raised $240 for local charities. October award winners were Jimmy Carmean with a 1950 Ford Tudor, Gilbert Meyers with a 1958 Hotrod Short Bus, and Chris Fannin with a 1957 Chevy Pickup.

The Empty Pockets Cruisers hosted their annual Trunk or Treat Car Show at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon. The show registered 154 cars. Once again there was a great turnout of kids for the trunk or treat part of the show. The only disappointment was the absence of the Ohio Zombie Guard due to the health issues of one of its members.

The special award winners Saturday were:

Click Here for more photos from the Trunk or Treat Show.

Jim Cooper reports that the Grace Point Church Car Show in Lewis Center had an excellent turnout for a first-time show. The church registered 102 cars. The church presented Best of Show, Pastor's Choice, and Top 20 awards. Jim says there's plenty of room for the show to grow if the church decides to host it again next year.

I was a little surprised to see several more events announced last week. Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year.


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A much lighter schedule this week as the 2020 season starts to wind down.

Looking forward, next Saturday (October 17) has 10 events so far on the schedule. After that, things start to taper off dramatically as the season comes to a close.

News and Notes:

I received an email this week from a reader that there will be a Powell Cruise-In and Pig Out this year. It won't be a downtown show as in past years. It will be held in the empty field just west of Auto Assets. The show is scheduled for Sunday, October 25, and is limited to 100 vehicles so you must register ahead of time. This link will take you to the registration form.

Colo's Classic Car Show on Saturday at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium was 100 short of my prediction of 1000 registered cars. Despite missing the thousand mark, it still ends up being the largest car event in central Ohio this year.

Saturday's show also marked the 600th event for the Pepsi Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride series. Congratulations to Boots and his team for achieving this big milestone!

The Hot Rods and Handlebars show Saturday evening at AD Farrows in Sunbury, Ohio got some glowing reviews. Someone posted on Facebook that it was one of the best shows they had been to all year.

A few trunk or treat events popped up this week. Check out the Save the Dates for 2020 page for a list of shows and cruise-ins through the end of the year.


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Now that the 2019 Central Ohio car show season has officially come to an end, it's time to take a look back at what was good, what was bad and what was ugly.

I managed to participate in 80 events this year. When you consider there were five weeks during 2019 where I didn't participate in any events, that's a pretty big accomplishment, even if I do say so myself.

I traveled more than 3000 miles to attend events in Centerburg, Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, Gahanna, Hilliard, Johnstown, Lewis Center, Lockbourne, Marion, Marysville, New Albany, Obetz, Plain City, Powell, Springfield, Westerville, and Worthington.

Throughout the season, I took more than 9200 photos of cars, trucks, and motorcycles from around Central Ohio. Besides my car, Kevin Martin's 1962 Chevy pickup truck wins the award for the most photographed vehicle in 2019.

Before I get deep into the recap of this season, let me take a second to make the usual disclaimer:

The lists I'm about to present reflect my opinion and my opinion only of the events I attended in 2019. If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good, bad or ugly, please feel free to share it in the comments. Also, feel free to post a comment if you agree or disagree with any of my choices.

Okay, let's start with the GOOD.

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Steady rain all day Saturday postponed one area show and washed out two others. Luckily the showers moved out the area in time for the American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat Cruise-in on Sunday.

The event hosted by the C-Town Cruisers was held at the American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 on South High Street in Columbus, Ohio. Along with the cars, the show featured a kid's Halloween party and hayride.

The food special inside the American Legion Canteen included a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, green beans and piece of cake all for $8.00.

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The Empty Pockets Cruisers hosted their annual Trunk or Treat Car show on Saturday at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church in Hilliard, Ohio.

With temperatures near 80 on Friday, a cold front moved through the area overnight dropping the high on Saturday into the mid-50s. The drastic change in temperature caused the one car club to cancel their event on Saturday.

Despite the chilly temperatures, the Empty Pocket Cruisers went on with the show and managed to register 137 vehicles. In the afternoon, there were plenty of children dressed up in costumes trick or treating their way through the cars.

Once again the Ohio Zombie Guard was there to protect the crowd from zombies, ghosts, ghouls, globlins, and other unnatural phenomena.

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The Empty Pockets Cruisers held their annual Trunk or Treat car show at the Hilliard Presbyterian Church in Hilliard, Ohio on Saturday. Wind gusts in excess of 25 mph made for a very breezy afternoon. It became a challenge keeping all those Halloween decorations from blowing away to other parts of Hilliard.

This was the third and final show of the season hosted by the Empty Pockets Cruisers. The club registered 117 vehicles, down from the record setting 168 that registered last year.

Trick or Treating was held from 1-3 PM so everyone that registered a car was encouraged to bring candy.

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