It’s that time of year again.
On Saturday, Willows’ Jensen Park will house over 100 show quality cars and motorcycles at the 31st annual Willows Car and Bike Show. And it’s not too late for people to enter their prized wheels into the show.
People come from far and wide, sometimes out of state, to participate in the two-day event, which helps raise money for local scholarships. Those bringing cars or motorcycles have the opportunity to qualify in 26 award categories, and bring home a trophy.
“We have a good little show, and it’s all for charity,” said Kevin Nelson, president of the event committee. “The sponsors give us money and we give it back to the community; we couldn’t do it without their support.”
In the past six years, the car show was able to donate $24,000 to various causes in the community, according to Nelson. Among those donations are college scholarships and money to help residents earn their GED. Last year, the car show sponsored Willows resident Casey Foley when he competed in the Olympic trials for swimming.
“We’ve given money to a lot of great causes, including last year’s Vietnam Wall,” Nelson said. “As things come down, our board votes if somebody comes to us and asks and we think it’s a good thing.”
Although funds have not been totaled for this year, the committee estimates that $5,000 worth of scholarships will be distributed to Glenn County students this year.
“That’s our goal, besides making it a fun, family-oriented event,” said Colleen Worthington, an event organizer. “We want to give back to the community – that’s why we continue doing this.”
The show itself is on Saturday, but the fun begins on Friday with the Show and Shine celebration at Memorial Park. There will be craft vendors and civic awards; the city will even shut down streets so people can go cruising.
“Anyone can participate, you just have to behave,” Worthington said. “Just show up at Memorial Park for a quick drivers’ meeting and follow the leader.”
After the cruise parades around town, the city hosts a dance in the streets, where residents can rock out with family and friends.
The Car and Bike Show takes place on Saturday in Jensen Park at 10 a.m., but people with vehicles need to show up earlier to claim a spot. Willows’ Rotary Club will provide a pancake breakfast for the early birds.
The car show will have about 40 vendors, and will provide free water to help attendees stay hydrated. Those who struggle with mobility will receive a helping hand getting around the event; some of the organizers will patrol the car show on ATVs to give people rides to different areas and their cars. There will also be entertainment for the kids.
“We have bouncy houses and other fun activities that one of our local churches is chaperoning,” Nelson said.
People interested in registering a vehicle to be displayed in the show can get a discount by signing up on Thursday, when the cost is $25. On the day of the show, the price increases to $30. Prices are the same for cars and motorcycles. This year, the event committee hopes to expand its showing of antique tractors – a trend started three years ago.
The Willows Car and Bike Show is free to attend. Friday’s festivities start at 5 p.m. in Memorial Park, while the car show takes place Saturday at 10 a.m.