"I told them that as long as it keeps growing I will keep doing it."
If success is measured by an event's growth over the years, then the Inman Chamber of Commerce Classic Car Show is thriving. In its 27th year, the show is anticipating 175 entries compared to last year’s 132.
"The show is really growing, I made a three-year commitment to oversee the event and I'm in my third year," coordinator Lori Kearns said. "I told them that as long as it keeps growing I will keep doing it."
This show is equal opportunity in the sense that not just cars are welcome. In addition to the cars, motorcycles and farm equipment have their categories. Dash plaques will be given out to the first 125 entries, along with trophies and cash prizes for the Best of Show, People’s Choice, Best Motorcycle, Best Tractor and Baddest of the '67 Barracudas winners.
"The hard work and the detail that people put in to their vehicles is amazing. Some of them are just beautiful," Kearns said. "Even though I don't have a car that I show, I have a passion for it."
The hard work that goes in to the vehicles will be rewarded. The top 35 car, top five motorcycle and the top five in the farm equipment categories will receive a trophy. A few bragging rights will be gained as well, as this year the "Street Rodding American Style" TV show is coming to Inman to feature the car show.
"Everybody seems to have a good time and the people who attend the show talk about that and it keeps it growing," Kearns said. "I just like seeing all the old cars. I see cars that I drove or that friends drove in high school. It’s a walk down memory lane."
The event will be complete with music provided by Pinnacle Entertainment and food options from Race Day Brats and the Inman Senior Center. For a sit-down meal, attendees can take a break at Inman Harvest Cafe and Main Street Pizza for their buffets.
"The Harvest Cafe will tell you that it’s their busiest day of the year," Kearns said. "The car show brings a lot of people from out of town in the community and our downtown. From the Chamber of Commerce standpoint, if we can get those people in to our businesses and they come back, we have done our job and achieved our goal."
The car show is free of charge for spectators, and there will be an opportunity to enter the 50/50 raffle to fund the Inman Fireworks Show for the Fourth of July. New to the event this year will be an Elvis impersonator.
For more information or questions about the event call 620-664-1711.
"Inman is a great community to visit for the day and the care show is a great way to see what we are all about," Kearns said. "We hope people will come out and enjoy a fun and relaxing day filled with great memories."