Car shows headed to Marysville
By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Marysville Globe Reporter
July 9, 2012 · 8:36 AM
MARYSVILLE — Automobile enthusiasts will have two consecutive Saturdays to check out car shows to help benefit the community in Marysville.
On Saturday, July 14, Third Street from State to Alder avenues will host the first of what event organizers hope will become an annual “Rodz on 3rd” car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Will Borg, an organizer for the event, explained that the Downtown Marysville Merchants Association is presenting the car show to add another traditional activity to Marysville’s summer months, as well as to turn attention back toward the businesses of Third Street itself.
“With the focus that’s been put on revitalization, we want to highlight our historic downtown,” said Borg, a frequent attendee of several area car shows who’s stepping into the shoes of a car show organizer for the first time with this event. “As of Saturday, June 30, we had about 20 entrants pre-registered but a lot of folks tend to wait until the day of the event to see whether they’ll attend. We’ll be here rain or shine, but if the skies stay clear and sunny, we could draw between 80-100 entrants.”
“Rods on 3rd” welcomes not only hot rods and rat rods, but also classic, custom and muscle cars, with day-of registration running $10 per car. Admission for spectators is free. The event boasts a host of local sponsors who will be offering specials in conjunction with the car show.
For more information, call Borg at 425-330-3322, or log onto www.facebook.com/RodzOn3rd.
The following Saturday, July 21, another car show will be running from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. just a few blocks away, at the Kumon Math & Reading Center of Marysville, located at 601 Delta Ave.
This will mark Kumon’s second annual open house and car show to help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen “3 Day for the Cure” breast cancer research fundraising walk this fall.
Kumon’s Marysville branch hosted the event last year, one month after changing locations within the town where they’d already been based for 15 years.
Gwen Lewis, owner of the Marysville Kumon branch, explained that the first car show had also been intended to reintroduce their business to the community after its move, while her son and coworker at the Marysville branch, Ivan Lewis, deemed last year’s car show their first step in increasing their involvement in the local community.
“We can’t just sit here,” Ivan Lewis said. “We’ve got to reach out.”
The event’s co-sponsors, Fenders and Fins Inc., drew more than a dozen classic car owners to the site after putting out the call to their clientele, but in spite of the bright, warm weather they received, last year’s turnout was sparser than the event’s organizers had hoped for.
“Everything went so smoothly,” Gwen Lewis said, “right down to the permits from the city. They were so nice.”
Ivan and his wife Amanda have taken part in the “3 Day for the Cure” in Seattle, while Amanda’s father, John Carson, owns Fenders and Fins.
The Lewises promised that last year’s barbecue and award trophies would return for this year’s car show, along with new carnival games and music. When Bothell’s Dave Bizar won the grand prize of $26 last year for his 1971 Pontiac GTO, he turned the money back over to the event organizers to go toward the “3 Day for the Cure.” All proceeds raised by the car show go to “3 Day for the Cure.”
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“If people don’t know we’re here or what we’re doing, then we’ve got to make sure they find out,” Ivan Lewis said.
Contact Marysville Globe Reporter Kirk Boxleitner at email@example.com or 360-659-1300 Ext. 5052.