This May 16th, at the beautiful Blanco State Park, you and your family can spend an entire day surrounded by the sights and sounds of immaculately restored vehicles from a bygone era. You can show your children or grandchildren the kind of cars that you owned, took your date to the prom in or remember from past generations. As many as 200 restored cars and trucks will be displayed on the grassy banks of the Blanco River starting at 10:00am. Memories will re-awaken and bring a smile to your face as you look at restored original and custom “muscle cars”, “Vettes”, “Mustangs”, “Chargers”, “Cudas” and trucks. You can also see pre-1949 classic sedans, limos and vehicles that toured our Texas highways before the advent of the Interstates. Look at classic MG’s, Triumphs and other British cars and trucks that now make their home in and around Texas. There is a lot to see at the 21st Blanco Classic Car Show, including Street Rods and Special Interest Vehicles. Check-in begins at 8:00am and runs until 11:00am with events scheduled from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Awards will be presented at 2:00pm. The event is “FREE” to walk-in visitors wishing to view the show and there is ample parking near the Blanco State Park. Park Ranger’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice and Best of Show awards will be presented. Winners in various categories will be selected by ballot of entrants. 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 21st Blanco Classic Car Show will be held at the Blanco State Park on Saturday, May 16th, 2009. Dennis Moore, an avid car collector and Past Master of the Blanco Masonic Lodge #216 started the show back in 1988, and it has grown each year since its beginning. The Blanco Masonic Lodge 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 car clubs, restoration enthusiasts and to provide fun and entertainment for visitors and participants while generating funds to support community projects, awards and educational support programs, in and around the Blanco community.” Revenues, after car show expenses, go to scholarship programs, reading improvement programs, educational and community recognition awards, civic improvements, disaster and other relief programs. Such programs, as the Community Builder Award and the Ernie R. Davis, JR. Memorial “Care & Share Dinner” which is 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. Marilyn Davis, widow of the namesake, has played a major part in the annual meal preparation and area delivery since its inception.” The “Care & Share Dinner” meals are served in the lodge and delivered to those who cannot make it to our lodge to participate in the dinner. Bill Rife, a Past Master of the Blanco Masonic Lodge, eagerly tells everyone that the show would not be possible without the support of many local community sponsors and other supporters both locally and across the state.
The show atmosphere is fun and exciting without being uncomfortable for families with small children. Visitors can enjoy great food, cool refreshments while strolling through and around these beautiful vehicles. Proud owners and club members are eager to tell the stories behind the vehicles on display and to share their love of classic vehicles with the visitors and other classic car owners. Music from the past and present drifts over the show area while children eagerly run from one car or truck to the next yelling, “Look at this one Dad!!” Event T-shirts will be available for purchase to commemorate your visit. There are excellent restroom facilities available and a first aid station staffed by the highly qualified Blanco County EMS to handle any medical emergencies that may arise. For more information and registration, contact Dobie Benson at 830-833-5348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.