It doesn’t cost a lot of money to have a good family day out. On Saturday, June 6, it won’t cost anything at all. The second annual Cannon Classic Car Show, sponsored by the Cannon Area Business Association (CABA) will be from noon to four in the parking lot of Bella Vista Auto Service, 6533 Belding Road and Cannon Town Center, right next door.
Again this year see classic cars-25 years or older-and enjoy booths from many area businesses. Watch Dee-Jay the Clown perform for the crowds and enjoy the festival atmosphere. New this year is a pizza eating contest by Pizzeria Grandé at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $10 with half of that going to a local charity. Contestants (limited to 20) will be challenged to eat a 14 inch cheese pizza as fast as possible with a prize and bragging rights to the first finished. Sign up for the pizza eating contest at Pizzeria Grandé, 6575 Belding Road or call (616) 874-1111.
Trocke displays his own 1979 Corvette, which he purchased from a customer whose wife wanted the garage space. Other classic cars also have a story to tell, many restored from a dire condition to a pristine condition. Dennis Spitler said classic cars draw a crowd because people love the history and nostalgia of them. “They bring back memories from when these cars were new for many of us,” he said. Younger people enjoy seeing how different older cars look compared to today’s models.
“I’d like to see more of the older cars this year,” said Trocke. He hopes local people who have a classic car to show will call him beforehand or show up at 11 a.m. the day of the show to register. There is no charge to display your classic car and the first 100 will receive dash plaques. The show will be limited to the first 150 cars. Visitors the day of the event will vote on their favorites and the three Peoples Choice winners will receive trophies. Last year’s winner was a 1912 Ford delivery truck. The oldest car in the show was a 1901 Ford Roadster. Many other classic makes and models are sure to be represented.
Each year the organizers chose a charity to benefit. Last year they asked Car Show registrants for a donation of a non-perishable food item to go to the North Kent Service Center. The request was not a requirement to participate in the Car Show, so the steering committee had no idea how much food would be collected. To their surprise, people brought in enough to fill four 55-gallon containers-an amazing amount. This year CABA has picked the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure for breast cancer as the recipients of donations. “Cancer has touched the lives of just about everyone you know,” Trocke said. “This is a very good cause.”
CABA was formed in 2005. Carl Shook was the chamber executive director at that time and Vicki Klinger was the president. Carl Stites, owner of Stites Eye Care, said that he and other business owners had some meetings with Shook and Klinger to come up with ways to promote the chamber as more than an entity of downtown Rockford. “The chamber is all of the Rockford school district,” said Stites, “It’s the whole 100-square miles. We wanted to create an identity for the businesses in Cannon Township and offer some individualized events.” Stites said getting to know other business people in his area has also created strong friendships and business partnerships. “We’ve gotten to know just how much we have to offer over here and we are doing more business with each other, too,” Stites commented.
One of CABA’s first projects has become an annual favorite-the Cannon Treasure Hunt, which is always the third Tuesday in September. The Car Show, new last year, also promises to be a favorite. There are about 75 businesses in the CABA area, many along Northland Drive, Belding Road and around the lakes (Bella Vista, Silver and Bostwick lakes). Some of these businesses will be represented at the Car Show with tents or booths, including Acme Tire, James Rasmus All State Insurance, Bostwick Lake Inn, Chiro Health, Clip-n-Go Mobile Pet Salon, Herrington Disposal, Morris Builders, Ric’s Food Center, Pizzeria Grandé, S&H Gardens, Sweet Clover Company, the North Kent Service Center, Cannon Township and Simply Chiropractic.
To find out more about the car show, or sign up your classic vehicle for display at the show, call Ted Trocke at (616) 874-4444. To find out more about the Cannon Area Business Association, email Carl Stites at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, June 6 noon to 4 p.m. to enjoy this family-friendly, free event. According to Trocke, “This is a great way to kick off our summer season.”