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We close out another month of the season this week. Lots of events are on tap for the Fourth of July weekend. The big event will be the Firecracker July 4th Show in Urbana, Ohio. It will draw between 400 and 700 cars depending on the weather.

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The First Friday event in downtown Delaware, Ohio is reserving the same block again this weekend for classic cars. Cars are asked to arrive between 5 PM and 6 PM. No cars will be allowed in after 6 PM, and no cars will be allowed to leave prior to 9 PM. This is first come first serve so if you're interested in participating, get there early.

The cruise-in at the Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City, Ohio had another big Thursday evening. Close to 60 Cobras from the Cobra Show in London, Ohio showed up at the cruise-in. Overall attendance for the evening topped 390 cars.

To see more photos from Thursday's Der Dutchman Cruise-In, click Here.

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smart Radio crew hosted the first-ever car show at The Point at Otterbein in Westerville, Ohio on Saturday. The show registered 57 cars.

One of the unique things offered by The Point was a canvas print of your vehicle from a favorite photo for $20. Our good friend, Dale Pearce, took advantage of the offer and had a print made of his truck. The end result turned out fantastic.

The Best of Show Award went to Jeff Fortner and his 1971 Buick GSX. Jeff's Buick has been on a "Hot Steak" lately. This is the third week in a row his car has received a well deserved top award.

If you've ever been to an Auto Smarts Radio show, you know Boots gives out a lot of "Category" awards. Click here to see some of the "Category" winners from the show.

Here are attendance numbers for some of the other area shows from this past weekend.

  • Surgergrove (Friday) - registered 80 cars
  • Marengo Methodist Church (Saturday) - registered 43 cars
  • Whitehall Church of the Nazarene (Sunday) - registered 60 cars.

Events are still filling in for July, August, September, and October. For the most comprehensive list of future car events in Central Ohio, check out the Save the Dates for 2021 page.


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The C-Town Cruisers hosted their annual Independence Day car show on Thursday at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus, Ohio.

The past two years I've driven to Skelly Lumber in Urbana, Ohio to participate in the Champaign Cruisers Car Club annual Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike show. This year, however, I decided to stay a little closer to home.

It also helped my decision about which show to do that the C-Town Cruisers planned to present awards between 2:30 - 3:00 PM. All the other shows advertised awards at 5:00 PM. The thoughts of spending all afternoon in July's heat and humidity did not have much of an appeal to me.

The show registered a total of 36 vehicles. I figured the number would be closer to 50 cars based on the Veterans Day show last November. I guess heat and humidity are a bigger deterrent to car show participation than cold and salt.

Inside, members of American Legion Post 144 put together a very nice potluck for the cruisers. Cost was based on whatever you felt like donating. There were hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta and potato salad, chips, and plenty of deserts.

Just like the Veterans Day show, the C-Town Cruisers created custom trophies to celebrate our great country's birthday. The trophies included 25 "Favorite" and a "Best of Cruise".

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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.

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I attended my first Champaign Cruisers Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike show on Tuesday.   This is the 20th year the Champaign Cruisers car club has sponsored a car show on the 4th of July.

The show is held in the grass and wooded areas surrounding the Skelley Lumber Company in Urbana, Ohio.

Club members helped to park cars as they entered the show area and directed traffic after the show was over.  The club even went as far as to mark off parking areas with white spray paint to ensure adequate space for foot and golf cart traffic between car rows.  You could tell the club has been doing this for a few years.

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