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Show 'n Shine fills Olympic Avenue

 

Christopher Andersson

Derek Corey, left, and Roger Chester talk about a car at Arlington's Show 'n Shine Car Show on June 9.

Olympic Avenue was filled with antique cars, roadsters and other vehicles during the 19th year of Arlington's Show 'n Shine Car Show.

The downtown car show was held on June 9. The event is put on by the Downtown Arlington Business Association (DABA) and provides local car enthusiasts an opportunity to get together.

"I just love old cars and love looking at the details of all of them," said car show visitor Derek Corey.

Visitor Roger Chester said they came just to wander around the cars.

"This is the first time for us at this car show and it's pretty nice. A lot bigger than I thought it was going to be," he said.

Craig Alberts, who attended the car show, said he enjoys looking at the cars.

"I'm just interested in older stuff. I'm an antique collector. I have a lot of friends who used to collect cars," he said.

This year's event was held in honor of Arlington local Jim Howell who passed away about a year ago and supported the car show for many years.

"When my folks started this show 19 years ago Jim said 'I'll help' and then he went on to help every year," said Cristy Brubaker, treasurer and administrator for DABA.

Howell's cars were on display at this year's show and he enjoyed the show when he participated, said Brubaker.

"He just loved it. He had so many of his friends here and he just loved cars and he loved racing," she said.

Howell's property, a service station in downtown Arlington, was recently purchased by the city, which has a couple of plans for it, including building a "pocket park" at the location.

The station was open at the car show as the site of the registration this year, which Brubaker said was very well-received.

"Everyone loves us using this building for the event," she said. "People can come in and they say it's so nice and what a great venue for the car show that we can have the registration here."

The rain of the previous day depressed turnout this year, but Brubaker said there were many cars that came out.

"We've got 178 cars registered and considering the weather we had last night, that's pretty good," she said.

The Harvey Creek Band and an Elvis impersonator also took to the new stage at downtown Legion Park, which was the first time the stage has been used for one of the downtown's big events.

DABA runs the event both as a way to bring people downtown and to raise funds.

Christopher Andersson

Tom Swineford, right, shows his car, a '27 Ford modeled after modified roadsters, as Craig Alberts, left, looks on at Arlington's Show 'n Shine Car Show on June 9.

"There was in the past car shows downtown and they kind of fell off. But there was a lot of car enthusiasts still down here, including merchants, and it was a way to get people downtown and see what we had to offer Arlington," said Brubaker.

The money the show raises is used for a variety of purposes.

"As the show has gotten bigger, DABA has also gotten bigger and through the association we've used the money to provide for different things. There was money set aside to help build the gazebo and to put the clock in," said Brubaker.

"It's to make downtown better and more inviting, because it's important for us to be a thriving community," she said.

More information about DABA and their events is available at arlingtonwa.org.

 

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