The chrome was sparkling all the way down Granite Ave. in Granite Falls on Saturday at the annual Show-N-Shine Car Show. The perfect Western Washington summer weather helped to bring in the crowds.
Over 135 cars were entered in this year’s event taking up three city blocks and giving attendees plenty to look at. “The one with the black and yellow is my favorite,” four-year-old R.J. Peebles said. “It’s kind of like Bumblebee from Transformers.”
Fire District 17 was there showing off their old-time fire engine and serving up hamburgers, corn dogs and fries to raise money for the Granite Falls Christmas House which purchases Christmas gifts for children who may not otherwise get them.
“We raise funds for our own Christmas House here in Granite Falls,” Granite Falls Firefighter Jim Glover said. “Last year we helped over 600 kids.”
Fire District 17 also held an Open House which offered information regarding the upcoming EMS Levy vote. There are many reasons people enter car shows, everything from taking advantage of the opportunity to show off their hard work to mingling with other folks who have the same interests as their own.
Ted McColl enters between six and seven shows a year. He was front and center at Show-N-Shine with his 1964 Ford Galaxy. He also has a 1933 Studebaker that he left at home this year.
“I enjoy talking to people and looking at all of the people walking by,” McColl said. McColl has won several awards over the years, which probably helps in keeping him motivated. Nancy Sabol, who owns a 1972 Plymouth Duster, likes to hit the car shows closer to her home in Lynnwood. With gas prices higher than they have been over the past few years, staying closer to home makes it possible for her to enter more shows.
“It’s nice to save money on gas,” she said. “Otherwise we couldn’t afford to drive to the shows.” There was also a silent auction during the show where people could help raise money for long-time Granite Falls Little League supporter Jacqueline Lee who died of cancer last May.
“She was a nana to all of the Little League kids in Granite Falls,” Kayla Knapp said.
Lee, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, did not have any health insurance. All of the auction proceeds will go to her family to help pay her medical bills. If you would like to donate money for Lee’s medical expenses you can call Kayla Knapp at 425-346-7154.
All proceeds from Show-N-Shine go to scholarships for Granite Falls High School seniors.