Vintage vehicles on display in Mitchell’s Bay

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Not just cars are on display during the annual Mitchell’s Bay car show.
(contributed photo)

The classics will roll into Mitchell’s Bay July 16.

That’s the date of the Mitchell’s Bay Ninth Annual Antique Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show.

Like many other events, it’s been two years since it took place, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karen Miles, one of the organizers, said the excitement is building.

“The response is very good. I’ve handed out flyers at different car shows. The people were very interested,” she said. “We’re hoping for high numbers this year.”

The high numbers have been taking place at other outdoor events across Chatham-Kent this summer as the return to a feeling of normalcy has settled in.

For Mitchell’s Bay, organizers have set up the show to appeal to most everybody. And if the vintage vehicles aren’t your thing, well, the beach and other amenities beckon.

“We’re going to have face painting, balloon twisting, food concessions. Plus there’s the beach and the splash pad,” Miles said. “There will be vendors on site. We have our trails out there and the water sports if people want to make a day of it.”

The show is open for vehicles made pre-2002, Miles said. That includes cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. She said it’s amazing how many tractors end up on display.

“I think they like to come out and show them. But it is harvest time (for some crops) so we’re lucky to get them to come out,” she said.

Entrants are encouraged to pre-register their vehicles to be included in a special draw, Miles said, but you can also register the day of the event. There is a $10 fee.

The first 100 entrants will also receive a dash plaque.

Top entrants in each of the four categories of vehicle will have their names added to the Laprise Trophy, named after the Laprise family, which Miles said has been an integral part of the effort to make improvements in and around Mitchell’s Bay for years.

To register, visit mitchellsbay.org. To learn more, e-mail kmiles@mitchellsbay.org.

Miles said the volunteers and sponsors make this event possible.

“We always have a lot of sponsors and we appreciate the support. Without them, it would be very hard to put on the car show,” she said. “And big thanks to all of our wonderful volunteers.”

The show takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mitchell’s Bay Park.

 

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