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Show & Shine Car Show fills Arlington's Olympic Avenue

DABA's annual car show attracts hundreds of cars to downtown Arlington


Christopher Andersson

Locals Jack Wedekind and Chris Van Whye talk about Van Whye's 1946 Ford Coupe which he brought to this year's Show & Shine Car Show on June 10.

Cars lined Olympic Avenue in Arlington as the Downtown Arlington Business Association presented their 18th annual Show & Shine Car Show.

The June 10 car show brought more than 250 cars to downtown Arlington.

The highest total the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA) has had for the show has been 325 cars, but members were still very pleased with the number of people and cars at the show.

"We're very pleased with it. There's a great turnout," said Cristy Brubaker, DABA member and organizer of the event.

She added that changes in the way they are parking the cars for the show means there is not really the space available to reach their previous high number anyway.

Brubaker said there is "lots of vendors and lots of activity," as they tried some new additions this year.

Those additions included pulling in more vendors, putting those vendors all down Olympic Avenue instead of at one place and brining in live entertainment.

Brubaker said that people like the small-town feel of the event and close-knit community.

"It's an old-town, downtown event. A lot of people from Arlington come down to visit as part of the event. I've seen people I went to school with," she said.

Local Chris Van Wyhe said he enjoys seeing the number of cars that come out for the show.

"There are some neat cars, it's impressive to see the quality of cars that are here," he said.

He also likes the convenience of the Show & Shine Car Show.

"It's local, that's always nice, because I'm an Arlington resident and that makes it easy," he said.

Local Ray McElroy said he brought his car down last year and liked the venue, especially being able to park right on the downtown street for the show.

Christopher Andersson

Ray McElroy, left, talks about his 1956 Chevrolet BelAir with Cindy Quam, center, and Frank Quam at this year's Show & Shine Car Show on June 10.

"It's nice that they let you have the whole street," he said.

He also likes "being around the people," at car shows.

Brubaker said she enjoys visiting with the people at the show as well.

She mentions that one of the regulars at previous Show & Shine Car Shows was Jim Howell, who recently passed away.

Howell owned the old Shell station in Arlington.

"He was a strong supporter of the car show and a big Ford guy," said Brubaker, and adding they plan to recognize the local figure in next year's show.

"He had a car that he raced at Bremerton Speedway and that will be on the [car show] shirt next year," she said.

For more information on DABA and their events go to their website at


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