Kelly Bennett of Adrian won second place with his 1970 Mustang. (Submitted photo by Robert Radford)
ADRIAN – A flock of car lovers gathered at Rivers Park in Adrian for the 10th annual Classics on the Grass car show last Saturday.
The show featured 40 original classics or authentically restored cars.
Two judges evaluated the cars based on upholstery, fit and finish.
“We look at how the doors, whether the hood fits. Fit and finish is probably the main thing that I look for,” said Duke Fugate, one of the judges. “And just the overall condition … If you’ve done it a long time, you can really tell by the look.”
Dave Parr from Emmett, Idaho, won first place with his 1934 Chevy Sedan. Meanwhile, Kelly Bennett of Adrian placed second with his 1970 Mustang. Honors for the car with the best upholstery went to a 1935 Chevy Tudor owned by Jim Christoph of Meridian, Idaho. The top 20 entries received a trophy.
The event wasn’t just about cars. There was also a raffle with prizes and a chili cook-off. The cook-off drew entries from locals including the Malheur County sheriff. Attendees had the opportunity to sample all the chili for $2.
Event coordinator Julie Fugate said all the proceeds from the event will be donated to Adrian schools.
“We usually make around $1,000, which gets donated to schools,” she said.
The car show’s biggest sponsors were Dennis Daugherty and Carly Hill. The two friends used to own Two Rivers Park until they sold it to the Owyhee Watershed Council.
“People who go to car show always come back because it’s just a special event,” said Fugate. “People from the community get together and it’s just a lot of fun.”