November 27, 2014

Standish car and bike show becomes kid friendly

By Tim Barnum|News Editor
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STANDISH — The 21st annual Standish Car Show and Sidewalk Days will take over downtown Standish on Aug. 10, but on South Forest Street, children moseying through the city can have a little extra fun.

“The Kiwanis Club is having three inflatable things for kids to play in,” said car show coordinator Curt Hillman. He says the inflatables, or “bounce houses” will be in front of Arenac Abstract and Title.

Not only kids trying to escape boredom at the car show are getting some good news, though, Hillman says sidewalk days seems to be growing, which is good news for the event itself.

“Registrations are up this year, which a little bit abnormal,” he said, adding most other car shows are getting less vehicles this year. “Right now I’ve got about 97 (cars, truck, bikes) pre-registered.”

For those pre-registering, or those thinking about pre-registering cars, trucks, motorcycles or tractors, Hillman says there’s an added incentive.

“If you (pre) register a car for $10, you are going to get $50 in premium play from the (Saganing Eagle’s Landing) casino,” Hillman said. He added the same holds true for any vehicle, up to the first 200 registered. Registering the day of the event costs $15.

After the car show, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the presentation of 43 different trophies to follow, Hillman says the show’s participants will get an immediate opportunity to cash in the premium play vouchers, as a cruise to casino, featuring cars from the show, will be held after trophies are awarded.

“Basically, we’ll start at the Standish Elementary. We’ll make a loop down Cass Street to Orchard Street… then we’ll head down Grove (Road) to Cedar (Street) and Cedar on out to State Road and State on down to the casino,” he said. “There’s going to be a special section, a sign at the casino, for all those cars to park right up by the front of the casino.”

Besides cars, tractors, trucks and motorcycles, guests of the show will also be able to browse vendor spaces set up downtown.

He says vendor spaces will be lined up on Cedar and Forest streets and that vendor spaces are still available for $25, unless a vendor is a Standish Area Chamber of Commerce member, than the space is free.

Vendor spaces are still available. For more information, contact Sue Stein at the Standish Historical Depot and Welcome Center at 989-718-3021. To register for the car show call 989-846-6560.

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