Car show a big success in Evart

EVART — Hundreds of local residents and visitors gathered at East Riverside Park on Aug. 31 to see more than 150 classic and custom modern cars of all makes, models and colors lined up on the grass for the 20th annual Evart Car Show, hosted by the Evart Car Club.

“I think it’s going really well,” said Evart Car Club President Jim Rohen. “The lines we had drawn on the grass were washed away by the rain we’ve had, but people are being really patient with us.”

He said car enthusiasts have come all the way from the Upper Peninsula, Romulus and Windsor, Canada. The show boasted a large variety of vehicles and cars dating back to the 1920s. Owners with newer vehicles attended as well. Goodie bags and dash plaques were handed out, and attendees could win door prizes and 50/50 raffles. Trophies were awarded to the top 75 cars and 10 extra trophies were handed out to car owners in special categories.

Food items including pulled pork, bratwursts and more were offered by the Evart Women’s Club and members the Evart Moose Lodge, and oldies music helped set the nostalgic scene.

Rohen said the club is thankful to be celebrating 20 years of the car show and wants to keep it going for another 20 while improving it along the way.

The club also hosted a free street cruize on Aug. 30, which took a parade of more than 30 cars from the industrial park over to Eight Point Lake for a parade and back to the Evart Moose Lodge.

“Everyone said it was the best cruise we’ve ever had,” Rohen said. “It was really nice to go around the lake and see people out on the side of the streets to watch.”

Money raised from both events will help benefit local charities and scholarship funds, he added.