Sweet Home Sweet Ride organizers hoping for big turnout Saturday

Sean C. Morgan

Kimi Nash is busier than usual this week as she and a large group of volunteers prepare for the annual Sweet Home Sweet Ride car show.

The Sweet Ride car show will be held Saturday on the field between Sweet Home Junior High and Husky Field off 22nd Avenue.

Things are going “gangbusters,” she said. “People are calling left and right to register via phone. Everything’s coming together.”

It’s typical for people to wait till the final week before the show, Nash said, but this year is busier than normal with 90-degree weather in the forecast.

“I have a sneaking suspicion we’ll be over the 300 mark this year,” Nash said, and the show will feature a larger number of motorcycles. Sweet Home Choppers has been promoting and organizing that part of the show.

Typically, the show has 250 to 275 cars, Nash said. “This year, we’re totally going to surpass that.”

She credits that to Sweet Home Choppers and organizers advertising and calling sponsors and vendors early.

“I’m excited,” Nash said. “We’ll have an extremely packed house this year.”

The show will feature 24 vendors, up from a typical 18 to 19, including six to seven food vendors, Nash said. The Elks Lodge will bring its drug awareness trailer and program as well.

The Sweet Ride car show is sponsored by the Sweet Home Kiwanis, Nash said.

Proceeds go toward fuel cards for the families of Sweet Home children admitted to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Proceeds also help fund Sunshine Industries and various children’s programs at Sweet Home Police Department, including Shop with a Cop and the bike helmet program.

One hundred percent of proceeds from the burnout pit pays for fuel cards to help families travel to the ABC House in Albany. ABC House will have a booth at the car show.

“It’s really exciting,” Nash said. “The show (run by 40 volunteers) has come to a point where we’re stable, and it’s running like clockwork.”

Registration begins at 7 a.m. Pre-registration costs $20. Registration costs $25 the day of the show. Motorcycles are $15 ahead of time and $20 the day of the show.

Vehicles must be parked and ready for judging by 10 a.m.

Opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m.

For more information or to pre-register by phone, call Nash at (541) 401-9844.