Hundreds admire classic cars on display at Evart show

EVART  — Waxed, polished and tuned up to be adored by car enthusiasts, a variety of models and years of classic vehicles filled Riverside Park on Saturday.

About 160 cars were on display for the 22nd annual Evart Car Show, which also featured specialty booths and vendors selling food and merchandise. The show presented “Top of Show” awards to 65 cars and 10 special trophies, such as “Mayor’s Choice" and "Best of Show."

For many attendees, spending the day at the show is a longstanding tradition. Joe Ross, of Monroe, comes to the event each year with his dad.

"I grew up a car guy and was raised around hot rods. It's a sickness I inherited," Ross laughed. "Honestly, it's just a passion I have and this is a great show."

A car that really caught Ross' eye was a 1931 Packard Model 840 DeLuxe Eight owned by Tom Tuls, of Holland.

Tuls pulled the vehicle out of a barn three years ago and had it completely restored. Tuls first heard about the Evart show a few years ago when he was in Big Rapids and decided to attend for the first time this year.

"I'm having a ball," Tuls said. "Any time it's not raining and I'm able to have fun with cars it's a good day."

Last year's event was rained out and the weather again threatened to put a damper on the day, but overall it was a nice day, said Evart Car Club President James Rohen.

"I'd say we had about 1,000 people come through. This is our biggest event and as a 501(c)(7) nonprofit, the money raised goes back to different area charities and nonprofits."

Rohen hoped to make about $3,000 from Saturday's car show.

"We all enjoy the day and have a good time, but the best part is the end when we come together to decided which organizations we're going to support," he said. "That's another really fun part."