Classic car aficionados can get their motors running as the first of three upcoming car shows in Columbia County starts Saturday.
The fifth annual Jim Metts Memorial “Show your Ride” Car Show moves this year from Wesley United Methodist Church to the Academy Sports parking lot at Washington and Owens roads in Evans.
“We felt like we were kind of off the beaten path some,” said car show chairwoman Alyson Frey regarding the venue change.
The Academy Sports parking lot can accommodate more food vendors and vehicles, said Frey, who expects between 100 and 150 cars on display.
“Since we are the Evans Lions Club, we wanted to keep it in Columbia County, but we wanted it to be more accessible to people,” she said.
The show takes place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. A motorcade, starting at Wesley on North Belair Road, begins at 9 a.m. It will travel from North Belair to Furys Ferry Road, to Baston Road and then onto Washington Road to Academy Sports, Frey said.
The show is open to all types of cars, trucks and motorcycles, including classics, antiques, exotics, imports, customs and street rods.
Awards for Top 10, Best In Show, Best Paint and other categories will be given out.
Those who wish to register their car into the show can do so for $20 in advance or $25 on Saturday.
A DJ providing music and an inflatable jumper will also be there.
The show started in 2007 as a way to honor Metts, an area orthodontist and charter member of the Evans Lions Club. Metts was a classic car enthusiast and member of the CSRA Road Angels Car Club.
On Thursday, a kick-off party for the car show is scheduled from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Garlic Clove in the Eagle Pointe shopping center in Evans. A buffet-style meal costs $10, with half of the proceeds donated to the car show fund.
For information or to register, contact Frey at (705) 755-8171 or email@example.com
The Woodmen of the World in Harlem is gearing up to host its inaugural car show April 28.
The show is from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Woodmen Lodge at 557 West Milledgeville Road. In the case of rain, the show will be moved to May 5.
The event will showcase antique and classic vehicles in addition to modern cars, said event organizer and Woodmen of the World Secretary Allen McGill.
“Anybody who wants to come can come,” he said.
Registration costs $10.
Arts and crafts, and food vendors will be set up at the event. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor or registering their vehicle can call McGill at (706) 449-8269.
An additional upcoming show is the CSRA Mustang Club’s third annual Mustang & Ford Show, called Ponies in the Park, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. May 5 at Evans Towne Center Park.
Club President Don Blackstock said he jumped at the chance to bring the biannual show to the new park. It was formerly held at nearby Fairway Ford of Evans, which is an event sponsor.
“With just the normal everyday crowd that comes over to the park on a Saturday, it’s going to be an awesome turnout we really believe,” he said.
Ford clubs from throughout Georgia and South Carolina will be bringing vehicles for display, Blackstock said.
“All of them are fine automobiles that we’ve taken care of,” said Blackstock, who expects more than 100 vehicles in the show.
All proceeds will benefit Columbia County Animal Services.
Food, live entertainment and pony rides are also part of the event. Admission is free.
“It’s going to be a blast,” Blackstock said.
Registration costs $20 through April 29 and increases to $25, or $20 and a 5-pound bag of dog food, on April 30.
To register or for information, call Blackstock at (706) 825-1675 or visit www.csramc.org.