Sweet Ride Car Show set to roll June 26

The second half of Sweet Home’s car show season will happen Saturday, June 26, with the second annual Sweet Ride Charity Event: Car/Motorcycle/4WD Show, sponsored by the Sweet Home Kiwanis Club.

The show will take place beginning at 7 a.m. at the high school athletic fields and run through approximately 4 p.m. It is open to all cars, pick-ups, four-wheel-drives and motorcycles. Over 140 trophies will be given out with many special awards,

including Mayor’s Choice, Princesses’ Choice, Rodeo Queen’s Choice, Most Likely to Get a Ticket, Most Patriotic, and Participants’ Choice along with 15 Kid’s Pick awards. Miss Oregon USA and Miss Oregon Teen USA will assist during trophy awards presentations after 2:30 p.m.

The Club Participation Award comes with a check for $150 to the charity of the winner’s choice. The pre-registration entry fee, $20 per car, $15 per motorcycle, includes a T-shirt, dash plaque, and one poker hand for the first 100 pre-registered vehicles.

Registration is an additional $5 on the day of the show.

The theme this year is patriotic, organizers said, and the Linn/Benton Young Marines will present the colors, and a veteran will sing the National Anthem. The Young Marines will stay and sell water from the back of a golf cart. The Veterans Club will hand out small American flags to each car, 4WD or motorcycle entering the venue while the supplies last, beginning at 7 a.m. Entries are expected to be rolling into town as early as 6:45 a.m.

The event also will include:

“Art on Wheels,” an art and poetry contest in which school children in Linn County have submitted paintings, drawings, or poems related to cars, motorcycles or 4WD vehicles. Guild quiltmakers are making ribbons for the participants and winners, and the artwork and poems will be on display at the Sweet Ride event.

A poker walk utilizing 21 businesses in town as poker stops. The downtown poker walk, aimed at promoting Sweet Home and local businesses, is open to everyone 18 and over for $5 per hand. Winning hands can earn $150, $100, $75, $50 or $25.

In addition to the regular judges, the show will also have 15 kid judges who will hand over a custom, hand-crafted trophy to their chosen winners. Two of the Kid Judges were Doernbecher Children’s Hospital patients and may speak a few words.

Over 140 hand-made trophies. Part of the labor was done by Sunshine Industries, where employees cut the block bases out of the wood that was donated; then a few of the Kiwanis Club members sanded and stained the bases, set the titanium splashes into the bases and glued on a Matchbox or Hot Wheels car to complete the trophy.

Appearances by Miss Oregon and Miss Oregon Teen USA at the trophy presentation ceremony. The Frontier Sportsman’s Holiday Court Princesses and the Sweet Home Rodeo Queen will be present as well.

An exit parade cruise down Long Street as entrants leave the grounds of the show, which is expected to take place about 4 or 4:30 p.m.

KFIR 720 AM will be on-site, playing 1950s music. A live band, All Rights Reserved, will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Come join the fun, food, music and more.

For more information, contact Larry or Susan Angland at (541) 818-0222 or (541) 704-8838, by e-mail at [email protected], or visit http://www.SweetHomeSweetRide.com