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Show 'n Shine rolls back into Arlington


Olympic Avenue in Arlington will likely be filled with cars and hot rods as the annual downtown Show 'n Shine Car Show returns for its 19th year this June.

The event will be held on June 9 and is put on by the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA).

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

This year's show will include "lots of cars," and performances by the "Illusion of Elvis," an Elvis impersonator, and the Harvey Creek Band, said Cristy Brubaker, treasurer and administrator for DABA.

Vendors and raffles will be available throughout the day as well.

Brubaker said the car show brings together many people from the local car community.

"It's like a high school reunion for a lot of people," she said. "You have a good visit and it's family."

People also enjoy the close-knit feeling of it, she said.

"People like the small-town feel of it," she said.

There will be a couple of special cars coming this year, said Brubaker.

Because the show takes place on Olympic Avenue they can't really make the show any bigger, but DABA tries to bring improvements each year, she said.

"We just try and make it a little better each year, so we don't bite off more than we can chew," she said.

This year's registration will be in a new location.

"Our registration will be at the service station that is now owned by the city," said Brubaker.

"One advantage of being able to use the building that the city has now purchased is that it will give people a better understanding of the benefit of a building like that down here," she said.

The former service station is planned to be used for a couple of city projects.

It was owned by local Jim Howell, who will be recognized at this year's car show.

"This year we're honoring Jim Howell because he was a big supporter of the car show and he passed last year right before last year's car show," said Brubaker.

"We put his car on this year's T-shirts and our poster, and we're going to have his car there at the show along with another car he owns," she said.

DABA runs the event to help bring people to the downtown.

"Everybody comes, from local people as well as people who are from Port Orchard, Blaine, Omak," said Brubaker.

"The show helps to get people to know more about Arlington. They may not buy something this time, but they'll remember," she said.

The event also raises money for DABA, which is used to put on next year's event, as well as their community efforts.

"This year we started a DABA scholarship for $1,000," said Brubaker, which was given through Dollars for Scholars.

They also contributed $5,000 to the construction of the Legion Park stage and support youth and community organizations, she said.

This year's primary sponsor is Marysville Ford.

"Which we're excited about, even though it's Marysville they're the closest Ford dealership and when you get out to Smokey Point we feel everything is kind of a blend anyway," said Brubaker.

More information about the Show 'n Shine Car Show is available at DABA's website at


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