Western Colorado Classic Auto Events rule the roads in Grand Junction
WHAT: Western Colorado Classic Auto Show
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE: Canyon View Park (corner of 24 and G Roads, Grand Junction)
COST: $5 for ages 10 and up
Everyone has memories; many of them involve cars — from a first kiss to driving away on your wedding day, an automobile holds a lasting impression.
That’s why Sarah Catlin, a Hilltop event coordinator, put together the second annual Western Colorado Classic Auto Events — a fundraiser benefiting the health-care nonprofit — set for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 29-31, in Grand Junction.
“We all have histories with cars,” Catlin explained.
According to Hilltop’s website, it’s an organization helping western Colorado residents navigate life’s challenges, with services spanning prenatal care to assisted living for the elderly.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Rev up your engines and ride through the Grand Valley for the first event of the weekend — a poker run on Friday, Aug. 29, at Raise ‘n Glaze donut shop (2412 Patterson Road). Participants will ride to different destinations and draw a playing card at each stop. Then riders reveal their best hand for prizes at the end. Stops along the way including wineries, breweries and more. The cost is $35 for a single passenger in a car or on a bike, and $25 each additional passenger. Registration includes the after-party and a barbecue at the finish line — Allen Unique Autos Museum (2285 River Road, Grand Junction) — from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission to the barbecue for non-riders is $25 per person or $40 per couple.
Then, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30-31, more than 400 cars in 37 categories will line up at Canyon View Park (near the corner of 24 and G roads in Grand Junction) to show off modern and classic models alike. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 each for ages 10 and up. The auto show also features a swap meet and car corral. Food from Hawg Fire Grill, ice cream from Enstrom Candies and Gelu Italian Ice will be available, along with beer from Bud Light, Shock Top, and Amber Bock. Pepsi will provide sodas, water, iced tea and Gatorade.
Saturday’s events wrap up at Grande River Vineyards’ “Hear it Through the Grapevine” concert series, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets to see The Pharaohs are $20 in advanced or $25 at the gate.
To round out the events, a cruise down North Avenue from Third Street to 29 1/2 Road will take place on Sunday, Aug. 31, from 3-9 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to join the parade.
Last year more than 6,000 folks attended and Catlin is expecting the same, if not more.
For more information, visit http://www.westerncoloradoclassic.com.
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