The 31st annual Cave State Cruisers Car Show and Old Route 66 Fun Cruise is set to take place Saturday and Sunday at Waynesville City Park.
The annual show is free and open to visitors, who are likely to see rare, classic and unique vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
“We get vehicles coming from all over the country,” explained John Fensterer, secretary of the Cave State Cruisers Car Club. “The farthest distance we had an attendee cover last year was someone who drove all the way in from Amarillo, Texas, on Route 66. We’ve also had cars driven in from New York and Florida,” Fensterer said.
Got a vehicle to show? It’s not too late to register, according to Fensterer, who said entries will be accepted on the day of the show. Entry fees are $20 per vehicle. A display-only registration is also available for $10.
Cars, trucks and motorcycles in 26 different classes will be judged, with awards going to the top three in each class, as well as six “choice” awards for the best overall vehicles.
“It’s wide open with 26 classes,” Fensterer said. “There will be three Best of Class awards presented for each class. For those classes that don’t fill, we take the trophies from those classes and we apply them to other (classes) where we have a lot of fine competitors. We also have a lot of special awards that are presented by local officials, including the Police Chief’s Awards and the Mayor’s Choice Awards (for both St. Robert and Waynesville), and we also have state legislators’ awards that will be presented.”
Registration and judging is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday.
The show will feature drawings, door prizes, plaques, vehicle photos and special awards for exhibitors throughout the event.
Visitors can also enjoy music while they view the show’s entries. Fensterer said the soundtrack will include tunes that were popular during the era of Route 66.
“The music will all be from 1926 to 1986 with no repeats for two days. We had folks literally dancing in the street last year,” Fensterer said.
To register, call Mac Myers at 573.512.0176 or Jimmy Smith at 573.855.5755, or visit the “31st Annual Cave State Cruisers Car Show & Route 66 Festival” event page on Facebook for more information.