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The Car Show Stats and Overview
Participants: 83 (Cars, Trucks, Lawnmowers)
Classes: 41 Classes
Awards: Plaques (1st, 2nd, & 3rd)
Specialty Awards: Chairman’s Choice, Minnie’s Pick, Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine, Longest Distance Driven, Longest Distance Traveled, Club Participation, Best of Show Original + $200, Best of Show Modified +$200
Registration: 8 am – 12 am/$20.00
Judging: Point System after Registration Ended
Dash Plaques: No
Name of Car Show: 31st Annual Centerville in the Fall Auto Show 2012
Organization Hosting the Show: Hickman Civitan Club, Inc.
City & State: Centerville, TN
Date of the Show: October 06, 2012
|1. Antique Up to 1934||22. GTO 442 GS Original|
|2. Antique 1935 – 1950||23. GTO 442 GS Modified|
|3. Production Cars 1951 – 1972||24. Mustangs 1964 – 1973 Original|
|4. Production Cars 1973 to present||25 Mustangs 1974 – Present Original|
|5. Street Rods Open||26. Mustangs 1964 – 1973 Modified|
|6. Street Rods Closed||27. Mustangs 1974 – Present Modified|
|7. Street Rods Trucks||28. Mopar 1950 – 1972 Original|
|8. Rat Rods||29. Mopar 1950 – 1972 Modified|
|9. Street Machines ALL||30. Mopar 1972 – Present Original|
|10. El Caminos and Rancheros ALL||31. Mopar 1972 – Present Modified|
|11. 1955 – 1957 Chevrolet Original||32. Trucks 1900 – 1972 Original|
|12. 1955 – 1957 Chevrolet Modified||33. Trucks 1900 – 1072 Modified|
|13. Chevelles and Novas ALL Original||34. Trucks 1973 – 1987 Original|
|14. Chevelles and Novas ALL Modified||35. Trucks 1973 – 1987 Modified|
|15. Camaros & Firebirds ALL Original||36. Trucks 1988 – Present original|
|16. Camaros & Firebirds ALL Modified||37. Trucks 1988 – Present Modified|
|17. Corvettes 1953 – 1967||38. Trucks 4×4 Original|
|18. Corvettes 1968 – 1982||39. Trucks 4×4 Modified|
|19. Corvettes 1984 – 1996||40. Low Riders, Lead Sleds, Radical Customs|
|20. Corvettes 1997 – present||41. Sub-Compact – All|
|21. Corvettes Modified|
From the prospective of Car Show Source
In a single word, the day can be summed up with “cold”. Middle Tennessee certainly felt the weather change on this Saturday morning. With temperatures down in the low 40’s we headed out at about 6:00 a.m. for the two hour drive to Centerville, TN. It wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t bypassed my heater core earlier in the spring. However, I was not going to let a bit of a chill prevent me from checking out this particular car show. While this show was on its 31st year and I had personally never heard of it. I was more intrigued at checking out the ” Banana Pudding Festival” that was tied to it on the same day. Because of the economic times that have impacted so many of us over the last couple of years, Centerville was no exception. In 2010 the town started hosting a ” Banana Pudding Festival” to help raise money for the town. The turn out from the first year went over so well, they decided to continue the festival and turn it into a tradition.
With the exception of having no heat in my car for the drive over to Centerville. Everything was fairly uneventful, and smooth sailing. The signage coming into town directing traffic where to go could have been stepped up a notch or two. If it wasn’t for my GPS, I may have spent a while trying to figure out where to go. However, when I showed up where the car show was being held. It was very easy to figure out what was going on because of the orange cones and volunteers standing around to direct traffic and assist with telling you where to park and where to register.
Ample space was provided for each car. They used the “parking lot staggering method”. I am a personal fan of this method, it allows plenty of room for you to clean up on your car and doesn’t cause a “bottle neck” of traffic for spectators to check out the cars when walking between them. For those that may not be familiar with this method. Its when the first car pulls into a space and parks between the lines. The next car is then directed to “straddle” the line of the parking space next to it. The third car then parks between the lines of the next full parking spot. Essentially, taking up four full parking spaces with three cars.
As the morning got started and I begin to clean up my car….mainly in an effort to get my core body temperature up. The cars started to roll in and the sun finally peaked out of the clouds to help raise the temps into the 50’s. Around 10:00 the parking lot was starting to get a little more traffic from spectators. Centerville actually had three events happening on this day. They had the Car Show, Banana Pudding Festival, and the Hickman County Quilt Show. Needless to say, after my last experience with a large crowd and car shows. I was very apprehensive about attending such a large event. However, unlike other large events that had a car show included with it. Each of these events where located about five to six miles apart. They ran shuttle buses and vans between the events for spectators to hop from one event to the next. The silver lining with a large event done this way. I didn’t have to worry about droves of unattended kids getting bored and running around the car show field.
We really didn’t have any vendors selling “trinkets and whatnots”. But, if that’s your thing, you could have simply hopped on a shuttle bus to the other events and easily have been swarmed with those types of things. We did have a concession stand available that served up everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to chilli and a nice cup of hot coffee. Another interesting aspect of Centerville, TN is a “Grand Ole Opry” star. Sarah Ophelia Colley also known as “Minnie Pearl” and she was born and raised in Centerville, TN. While the real Minnie Pearl was laid to rest in 1996. A reenactor who was originally from Colorado but has since relocated to Centerville, TN. She was present for the show and could be spotted every now and then at the event. Occasionally, you could here an ever so familiar “How-DEE” during the day. The reenactor did a fantastic job portraying the legendary Minnie Pearl. She differently had the wardrobe on target right down to the synonymous straw hat and its dangling $1.98 price tag. She also had a very approachable and fun personality.
Another fun little part of the show. It did not have a single motorcycle entered. Instead, we had racing lawnmowers. This is something I had only heard about and never had the pleasure of checking one out until today. I have to admit, when I first seen them setting out for display. Gears started turning in my head, I couldn’t help but think about all the possibility and down right fun it would be to build one. Who knows, it might be something for a future project!
As with most car shows, this one was no exception to the rule of passing out door prizes. While I was not one of the lucky ones, a friend of ours that made it out to the show was able to win a Snap-On tools hat. I kept waiting for him to lay it down so I could snatch it up. Unfortunately, that opportunity didn’t present itself. The area also provided room around your cars to set up tents and chairs to relax in. While the turn out of cars was rather low at 83. All of the cars that did show up were of the highest quality. At one time we also had a mass amount of spectators checking out the cars. I have to say, all of the spectators at this event were very considerate and respectful of the cars. I did not get a chance to leave the car show and check out the other area events via a shuttle bus. But, after experiencing first hand the type of crowd drawn in for this car show. Next year, I will be more then comfortable to leave my car unattended and hop on a shuttle bus to get the full experience of Centerville in the fall.
As we approached 12:00 and judging begin. The temperatures had approached mid 60’s and with the aid of full sun shine, It felt more like low 70’s. This certainly made it for a bit more comfortable day. We were actually able to find a few people that had kicked back and took advantage of just how low keyed and relaxing the day was.
While the award time was set for 4:00 p.m. in the evening. All of the judging had been finished up and they decided to bump up the award ceremony. I am always impressed when the event organizers stay on top of possible weather changes and try to accommodate the needs of the car show participants. The weather forecast had been updated and rain was moving into the area. With this information, the organizers started the awards early to allow everyone the ability to get packed up and home before our cars got rained on.
The specialty awards were very nice at this car show. I’m not sure how they were made and/or who made them. But, I hadn’t seen a specialty award in the form of a plaque as unique and nicely done as these.
With a thank you and appreciation from the Mayor himself, awards were underway. First the specialty awards, then the class awards. With a low turn out in comparison to the amount of classes. Everyone was able to walk away a winner.
One of the specialty awards was “Minnie’s Pick”. I absolutely loved her speech before giving the award and announcing the winner. She started out talking about the environment and moving toward a more “green solution”. This led into her explaining the criteria and reason behind her “pick” for this years car show. She said, “This year they wanted to “go green” for the winner and choose a fantastically done Dodge truck.
With the awards finished up. I could officially chalk this car show up as another one in the books for 2012. I recommend this car show for the person that’s looking for a relaxing day and low keyed evening to kick back and enjoy one of Tennessee’s hidden small towns. I had a lot of great conversation with a few of the locals and can finally say, “I have experienced Centerville in the fall”. The car show registration was simple, parking space for the car was comfortable, awards went off with out any confusion and ahead of schedule! It was a great experience and a wonderful car show to attend in the fall as our car show season starts to wrap up.
To see more pictures of the show, click on the image below: