Published: 1:00 pm, Thu. Mar. 24th, 2016Updated: 1:47 pm
It’s that time again – time for car enthusiasts to pack their trunks, rev their engines, and go for a drive to Artesia MainStreet and the Artesia Car Enthusiasts’ 19th Annual Main Event Car Show and Cruise.
Heritage Plaza will once again be the home for the annual automobile extravaganza, and members of the Artesia Car Enthusiasts will be there from 1-6 p.m. Friday registering vehicles that were not pre-registered. At 6:30 p.m., they will begin handing out window stickers for anyone interested in entering their vehicle in the cruise down Main Street. The cruise will begin at 6:30 p.m.
“The cruise downtown is just like a parade,” said Dorothy Hammond of ACE. “And there is no charge for either the participant or the spectator; as long as they have a window sticker, they can be in the cruise.”
So far, according to Hammond, 110 people have pre-registered their vehicles, and she is expecting around 200 after registration is complete. The past two years have seen 212 vehicles.
The car show, which begins with setup at 7 a.m. Saturday and culminates in the presentation of awards at 4 p.m., will offer a variety of cars, from dragsters to roadsters to tractors; yes – tractors. This year, for the first time at the car show, a local tractor enthusiast club will be presenting their vehicles of choice.
According to Hammond, people from El Paso and Andrews, Texas, as well as Albuquerque will be joining in on the fun, proving that once again, this event isn’t just for locals. This year, the t-shirts, dash plaques, and trophies will feature a 1937 5 Window Coupe street rod, owned by John Metts.
“I’d say it’s like my dream car,” said Metts. “It’s also special to me because not only did my wife’s family have the same car, my father’s family had the car, as well.”
According to Metts, the featured car is one of the most popular of the 1930s vehicles.
This will also mark the second year the show will feature professional judges as opposed to ACE members.
Saturday’s car show, which is free to the public, will also feature music by DJ John. Smokin’ on the Pecos will be selling breakfast burritos beginning at 7 a.m., when hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, and cold drinks from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
In addition, a pair of concerts at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center will complement the festivities: Bluffett, a tribute to Jimmy Buffet, and Jay White, a Neil Diamond impersonator. Tickets are $35 each; Bluffett begins at 7 p.m. Friday and White at 7 p.m. Saturday.
To purchase, visit www.artesiaartscouncil.com or the OPAC box office.