Entries top 350 at Charles Town Car Show
CHARLES TOWN — The City of Charles Town continued an ever-growing tradition as they hosted the 10thannual Charles Town Car Show on Saturday.
Despite overcast skies and a threat of rain, cars lined Washington Street from one end of downtown to the other, as well as on several side streets. By 10:30 a.m., just a half hour after the event officially kicked off, approximately 350 cars had been registered by their owners.
Todd Wilt, operations director for Charles Town, explained that 400 cars could be accommodated, as more and more vehicle owners made their way to the registration table outside of City Hall. When speaking of the potential for bad weather, which often has individuals keeping their cars at home, Wilt joked that “it’s always sunny in Charles Town.”
“Really, even last year when it poured rain the entire day, we had 80 vehicles registered,” Wilt said. “For many car shows, that number is a high one. The challenge will be on a year when we have really good weather, and we’ll need to figure out where to put them.”
Vehicles of every make and model, and from every decade, could be found lined up for car enthusiasts to enjoy. All were washed and shined and vying for top honors, as judges made their way up and down the streets, rating the entries in a variety of categories.
Many of the businesses on the main street set up outside their shops, to attract customers and enjoy the sunny weather.
“The show was incredible,” said Needful Things employee Ranale Jones. “The cars were amazing, the people wonderful and the atmosphere electric.”
Her fiance, Stephen Geis, showed his 2016 Mustang s660 in the event. Throughout the day, many event-goers stopped to admire what Geis refers to as his “Mistress.”
In addition to exploring all of the cars and other vehicles, those who attended this year’s event could visit a craft show on the second floor of Charles Washington Hall, or take advantage of childrens activities that were held in the parking lot of the American Legion.
Before the show’s closing, Charles Town officials were already thinking about the 2019 Car Show, to determine how and where more individuals could come show the vehicles that make them proud and often win them trophies or other prizes.
“This is what they come for,” Wilt said mid-day referring to a table laden with trophies just outside of City Hall. Presentations were scheduled late in the afternoon, after all judges had made their way through the throng of vehicles to determine which qualified as winners for the day.