It’s time again for that wonderful spring tradition that comes on the 3rd Saturday in May at the beautiful Blanco State Park on the shores of the Blanco River. That’s right, Saturday, May 21, is the date for the 23rd annual Blanco Classic Car Show.
You and your family will almost be able to hear the songs of the Beach Boys, the Beatles, The Association, and Jan & Dean, and conjure up your favorite memories from the past as you leisurely walk by the muscle cars, classics, and antiques of long ago. You and your family can spend an entire day surrounded by the sights and sounds of immaculately restored vehicles from a bygone era. Remember the drive-in movies, the car hops at your favorite drive-in restaurant, and surfing songs on the AM radio. You know, the days before cell phones, laptops, personal computers, CDs or PDAs, when life seemed a little less hectic. Memories will flow back through your mind and heart as you stroll down the lines of restored classic cars, custom cars, and trucks. Share those re-awakened memories with your children, grandchildren, or even great-grandchildren and let them know that grandma and grandpa were once very cool and still are!
As many as 200 restored cars, trucks, and other vintage vehicles will be displayed on the grassy banks of the beautiful Blanco River starting at 10 a.m. You can also see pre-1949 classic sedans, limos, and vehicles that traveled our Texas highways before the advent of the Interstates. See classic MGs, Triumphs and other British cars and trucks that now make their home in and around Texas. There is a lot to see at the 23rd Blanco Classic Car Show, including Street Rods and Special Interest Vehicles.
Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m., with events scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Awards will be presented at 2:00 p.m. The event is free to walk-in visitors wishing to view the show and there is ample parking near Blanco State Park. Great food, cold beverages, and colorful, commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase at the show.
Awards for this year will include the Park Ranger’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice and Best of Show. Winners in various categories will be selected by ballot during the show.
In the past, participants and their classic vehicles have come from all over the state, with as many as 200 participating vehicles and over 1000 visitors to admire them.
The Blanco Masonic Lodge #216 is the operating sponsor of the show, which is co-sponsored by the Blanco State Park. The stated goal of the show is “to provide a showcase for the talents of local and out-of-town car clubs, restoration enthusiasts and collectors,” and to provide fun and entertainment for visitors and participants. While the show is a passion of love for both the participants and organizers, one of the objectives is to generate funds to support community projects, awards, and educational support programs, “in and around the Blanco community.” Revenues, after show expenses, from sponsorships provided by local business and community leaders go to help us provide scholarship programs, reading improvement programs, educational and community recognition awards, civic improvements, and disaster and other relief programs. Programs such as the Community Builder Award and the Ernie R. Davis, Jr., Memorial “Care & Share Dinner,” the annual Thanksgiving time meal, which is prepared and served by volunteers from Blanco Masonic Lodge #216 and Blanco Eastern Star Chapter #934, are also made possible by funds earned at the car show. The dinner is served at the Masonic Lodge, located at 11th and Main Streets. The “Care & Share Dinner” meals are also delivered to those seniors and physically challenged persons who cannot make it to the lodge to participate in the dinner.