Every fall and spring the Porter County Fairgrounds turn into a world of classic and vintage cars. This fall, on September 8, cars from a five-state area will be converging on the Porter County Fairgrounds in Valparaiso for the Valpo Swap Meet and free car show.
The show is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to come out to see hundreds of magnificent cars. Mario Alvarez, the general manager of the car show, has run the event for over 28 years, since 1985.
This particular show started 5 years ago. Alvarez expects 250 to 300 cars and up to 2,000 attendees at the event. According to Alvarez, the event has grown each year, and barring weather, he hopes it will be bigger then ever in 2013.
This show is especially friendly to the car owners. All makes and models can enter the show, to include hot rods, stock cars, classics as well as older and newer model Mustangs and Corvettes. There is no fee to enter a car in the show; the car and the driver are included at no charge.
Cars will compete for a spot in the “top fifty” of the show, as well as overall best of show, best paint and best engine. Car club members are eligible to win the club participation award of $100.00, if the whole club attends. Unlike other car shows, Alvarez announces the winners early in the day, so the car owners don’t have to stick around all day to find out who won.
All drivers interested in showing a car must be at the fairgrounds to register between 8 am and 10:30 am.
The show also hosts a free sale corral, an area where owners can try to sell their car to car enthusiasts. A $5 admission fee is required to show a car in the free sale corral. The corral usually hosts 20 to 40 different cars for sale ranging between all kinds of models.
There are also some 200 spaces reserved for part vendors who will be on hand selling car parts for all makes and models. Some of the parts include body parts, trim, books, seats, tires, and rims.
Attendees can also make the most out of the weekend with the show’s good food and Italian ice. The show hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for spectators with an admission of only $5. For more information call Mario Alvarez at (219) 464-9918.