0528retrofest24webLast weekend’s 15th annual RetroFest in historic downtown Chatham was “exceptional” according to Business Improvement Area chairman Paul Shettel.

“From the weather to the participation to the crowds we couldn’t be happier,” he said.

Shettel estimated that 20,000 people went through Tecumseh Park in the two-day event while another 35,000 took part in the downtown area viewing cars and participating in various activities.

Shettel said there were more than 600 cars participating in the Friday night cruise while there were more than 500 on display throughout the downtown area.

“We couldn’t have done all this without our volunteers which is the real reason RetroFest continues to be a success,” he said. ‘From the car club through the Maple City Patrol people, the help we received from Community Living, the rubgy team the boy scouts and a number of high school students, there were more than 200 people involved in one way or another.”



  1. First ,
    Thank-you to Connie Beneteau
    Organizer/Planner/Office Clerk for the Chatham B.I.A.
    RetroFest is a huge event for organizing.Kudo’s to her!
    To the Volunteers & Sponsors THANK-YOU
    Without you these types of events would not happen.
    As always more is always required ,if you would like to help out
    call Connie @ the office 519.352.8387
    paul shettell ~~ Chair
    Historic Downtown Chatham B.I.A.


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