St. Michael's parish of Sandy prepares for annual fall cruisin' car show Sept. 14

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - Car owners come from all over to showcase their rides at the St. Michael's Catholic Church's Sandy Cruisin' Car Show. To many people, the appeal of a car show comes from the aesthetic of the vehicles and the competition.

But Anne and Rick Chambers always hope their annual Cruisin' Car Show inspires more people to look into the history behind the shiny exteriors.

"People have a lot of memories in those cars, and if we don't value them now, they'll be lost," Anne Chambers said.

From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, the Chambers and St. Michaels Catholic Church, 18090 S.E. Langensand Road, Sandy, will welcome nearly 100 car owners to show off their rides at the yearly fundraiser.

Proceeds from the event help fund projects at the church, such as keeping the building maintained for community use. Some dollars also benefit the mission of St. Vincent de Paul, a worldwide Catholic organization of laypersons who work to aid those in need of assistance to pay rent, purchase food and more.

Check-in for car owners starts at 8 a.m. Drivers must be checked in by noon, with ballots turned in by 12:30 p.m. to be eligible for dash plaques and awards. All awards are people's choice, drivers included.

There are 29 categories in which to enter your vehicle for judging. A new family challenge was added for projects completed as a family at home.

"We're trying to catch all ages," Chambers said. "We have a lot of great things coming."

Entry fee is $15, with an additional $10 for each category participants would like their vehicle to be considered for judging.

Everything from roadsters to rat rods to motorcycles will make an appearance at the show, and no one is turned away.

There are awards for each category of vehicle based on make, year, condition and even an award for family projects and daily drivers. So that old roadster you've been working to rehabilitate after work could win you an award. Trophies will be awarded at 2:30 p.m.

Skip Zimmerman and his son will cook up biscuits and gravy for breakfast, along with a dessert booth operated by a neighboring ministry, and chili and hotdogs available for purchase. RJ the DJ will return to provide musical entertainment.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and regular raffle, a silent auction and T-shirts available for $15. Raffle tickets are $5 for 6 tickets.

Raffle drawings will take place throughout the event, with the last numbers announced at 2:15 p.m.

"It's important to have things that make people smile," Chambers said. "And we want to get the kids out too. I enjoy meeting people and seeing how they're doing. It's a community with the car shows. You get to know the people and their cars and families. It makes it all very special."

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