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Show 'n Shine returns to Arlington


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Jerry Benton, left, and Rick Duemmell look at engine parts for a 1958 Chevrolet at last year's Arlington Show 'n Shine Car Show on June 13, 2015.

Exotic and antique cars will fill Olympic Avenue on June 11 as the 17th annual Show 'n Shine Car Show returns to the downtown Arlington area.

Last year's car show was a record event for the show, according to Mike Britt, president of the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA), which runs the show.

They registered 325 cars for the event in 2015 and had to turn away an additional 80 cars they didn't have room for.

"One of our main goals this year was to be able to accommodate those extra 80 cars," he said.

Britt said that DABA has been working with the fire department to ensure safety and that emergency vehicles could get through, and have been able to come up with some additional space for this year's show.

Bill Dettrich, chairman of the event and owner of A-Z Transmission and Differentials, said that he has big shoes to fill because of last year's event, but hopes he can keep the small-town feel for the car show.

"It's a pretty big community event, and everyone in town wants to support it and that's what I like about it," he said.

Dettrich said he liked the friendly atmosphere that the car show has.

"I like the camaraderie of it all," he said. "The Chevy guys against the Ford guys ... and we can jokingly mock each other and we all just get along," he said.

Britt said DABA is working to make the car show a family friendly event. Last year kids films were shown at the former Olympic Theater and films will be shown again this year.

The police and fire departments from Arlington also plan to show some of their recently acquired police and fire vehicles.

"We're trying to entertain the kids as well," said Dettrich. He said that sometimes kids aren't always as interested in cars and that the organizers "want to keep it a family friendly event."

This year's show also includes a BMX (bicycle motorcross) exhibition which will include bicycle tricks performed on a track.

"And that's really aligned with where we're going as a biking community," said Britt.

An inaugural memorial run for Dettrich's son, Joey Dettrich, will also be included in this year's car show.

The memorial run is open to the public and begins at the County Corner Store in Bryant on Highway 9.

Dettrich's son was an Arlington High School graduate that was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2008, and passed away in 2013.

Funds raised in the memorial run will go toward scholarships that support local graduates who want to further their baseball careers. Funds may also go toward a new little league field as well.

Britt said that this one of the major events for DABA every year.

"As a community of volunteers we're working hard to make this a successful event, not just for the community but for the businesses here," he said.

He also hopes that volunteers can come out to help with the event.

"We are seriously in need of volunteers. If we have nice weather, which is always a 50/50 chance, we're expecting a huge turnout," he said.

More information about the event is available at DABA's website at


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