Car show attracts many exhibitors, admirers

By Hank Lohmeyer


The annual Pioneer Town car show brought another turnout of fine automotive projects and antique tractor restorations this year.

This was also the first year that the AppleFest motorcycle display joined the Pioneer Town exhibit, bringing even more motor admiring variety to one location.

The many fine automobiles that participated this year were at least in part another testament to the beautiful weather that accompanied the AppleFest Saturday. Car show organizer Chuck Harrington said there were only 43 pre-registered entrants. But as Saturday dawned perfectly clear, car show entrants began showing up at the Arboretum gate.

As a result, dozens of fine local entries filled the Pioneer Town Arboretum grounds. Along with those came seven vintage tractors and 50 motorcycles on display.

Large numbers of people made their ways over from Town Park and Main Street to Pioneer Town's "back yard" to enjoy the impressive display.Organizers estimated at least 1,300 viewed the outstanding collection of autos, tractors and motorcycles.

Trophies were awarded in six categories of car and pickup truck entries. The winners were:

• People's Choice - 1968 Camaro by Mike Pesce of Cedaredge.

• Antique - 1926 Cadillac by Keith and Gail Butler of Cedaredge.

• Classic - 1952 Packard convertible by Bob Byers of Olathe.

• Sports - 1960 Corvette by D. Ann Schwietert of Cedaredge.

• Rod - 1933 Ford five-window coupe by Beri Blair of Hotchkiss.

• Pickup - 1955 Ford F-100 by Clyde Dennen of Montrose.

Pioneer Town provides a perfect venue for the annual car show event, a fact which also contributes to its ongoing popularity and success. Harrington contrasted the shady, grassy confines of the Arboretum and Chapel of the Cross grounds to a sunny, hot day on an asphalt parking lot in a high desert venue like Moab.

Attendees and entrants alike simply raved about the show, the entries and the comfortable enjoyable experience the show afforded them.

There were plenty of delicious meal and treat offerings from the Cedar Mesa Club during the day, also.

Proceeds for the event are used for the ongoing upkeep and improvement of the remarkable and fascinating Pioneer Town Museum and its displays that record a true legacy of community pride and accomplishment.