Hundreds of people are expected at Munster Community Park this weekend for the 15th Annual Car and Cycle Show, which is considered the first big festival of the season.
“People love their cars, they love to show their cars and to talk about them,” said Barb Holajter, the superintendent of recreation for the Town of Munster. “Sometimes the weather is cold and sometimes it’s hot, but we’re the first big festival around Northwest Indiana for the year.”
The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and is sponsored by more than a dozen businesses, including The Times.
Last year, more than 175 cars were registered for the event, and Holajter said more were turned away because there wasn’t room. Those cars set up in adjoining areas, she said.
Everyone who registers and shows a car, truck or motorcycle gets a dash plaque and a T-Shirt and will be judged for the contests. This year, there are 18 car categories and two cycle categories, with awards given to the top three finishers. There also are awards for the featured car, the Chevy Corvette, as well as “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice,” Holajter said.
“There are so many categories, there are a lot of chances to win something,” she said. “Everyone who registers gets a dash plaque, which has become a collector’s item.”
Community members have volunteered to judge the cars and cycles, she said.
“It’s a fabulous show with lots of innovative cars,” she said. “Last year, we had a car painted with chalk paint, and the kids loved visiting that car and writing on it. There are a lot of unique cars.”
The event typically draws thousands to view the cars, as well as listen to the DJ and enjoy the food concessions. There also is an arts and crafts fair, she said.
There are also businesses who have tables set up, with many businesses focusing on the automotive industry, she said.
Holajter said the event is free for those not registering cars, and always draws a wide demographic of people.
“It’s a really fun atmosphere,” she said. “There is so much to do and see, and to participate in.”