Organizers are betting that a 'poker run' will help make this year's Collector Car & Classic Boat Show the best yet

REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Mike and Eli Bassich check under the hood of one of the hundreds of cars on display in George Rogers Park at last year's Collector Car & Classic Boat Show. This year's event is scheduled for Aug. 26-27.Attending the Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car & Classic Boat Show is usually a pretty safe bet. But for this year's 18th-annual show on Aug. 26-27, organizers are gambling on something new.

More than 50 owners of vintage automobiles are expected to participate in the first Dr. Quinton-Cox Memorial Poker Run Car Tour, a unique event in which drivers will depart from Foothills Park between 11 a.m. and noon on Aug. 26 and head to historic locations throughout Lake Oswego in an effort to build the best poker hand.

REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Jim and Shirley Lafontaine and their grandchildren, Ashley and Lillian, scope out the boats on display in Lakewood Bay at last year's Collector Car & Classic Boat Show. More than 40 boats are expected for this year's event.They'll start with two cards for an initial $5 buy-in and, over the course of about two hours, buy more cards at each stop before returning to Foothills Park for a barbeque lunch and gift baskets for the winners. Proceeds will benefit the Quinton-Cox Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial.

Proceeds from the rest of the two-day show's contests, raffles, games and silent auction will go to the Oswego Heritage Council, a nonprofit devoted to preserving Lake Oswego's history and educating the community about local culture. The show itself is

free, though, and more than 5,000 people are expected to attend.

They'll find nearly 300 collector cars and 40 classic boats waiting for them in three venues: George Rogers Park, Lakewood Bay at Sundeleaf Plaza and Foothills Park. Technically, the car and boat show opens at 10 a.m. on Aug. 27 and runs through 3 p.m. (with an awards presentation for the car show set for 2 p.m.), but there's plenty to see before that happens.

REVIEW FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - PT 658, the only World War II patrol torpedo boat still operating under the power of its original engines, is expected to return to Foothills Park on Aug. 26 for the 18th annual Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car & Classic Boat Show.At 10 a.m. on Aug. 26, the only operating PT boat from World War II will arrive at the Foothills Park dock after making a trip from Swan Island. It'll be accompanied by the Portland Sea Scouts and their MV Reliant, which was originally built for the U.S. Navy in 1955. Military and civilian vehicles will be on display in Foothills Park on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as displays from the Lake Oswego Community Rowing Club and the Lake Oswego Veterans Memorial organization.

Also on Aug. 26, skippers will steer their classic boats around Oswego Lake before docking at Sundeleaf Plaza, where they'll be on display throughout the show. The plaza will also feature a water-ski spectacular at 1 p.m. on Aug. 27.

And from 7:30-11 a.m. on Aug. 27, the Lake Oswego Lions Club will flip flapjacks in George Rogers Park before switching over to hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch.

Free shuttles will connect visitors to all three parks, where show chairman Jim Rathbun says attendees are in for a unique experience.

"There is no other car event (in the region)," he says, "where they also have boats in the water."

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What: 18th annual Oswego Heritage Council Collector Car & Classic Boat Show

Where: George Rogers Park, 611 S. State St.; Lakewood Bay off Sundeleaf Plaza, 120 S. State St.; and Foothills Park, 199 Foothills Drive

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27 (PT-658 and the Portland Sea Scouts' MV Reliant arrive at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26; the Dr. Quinton-Cox Memorial Poker Run Car Tour also is scheduled for Aug. 26)

Admission: Free

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