The Woodward News

May 23, 2013

More than just a car show

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — This weekend's Woodward Car Show is not just a car show.

That's because the event also includes a cruise in, burnout contest, poker run, poker walk, kids games, silent auction, and prize drawings.

Kenny Vassar, who is one of the organizers of the show, said that he wanted to add more to the show so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

That included adding the games such turtle races, water balloon toss and dunk tank so that there will be "fun things for the children and everyone to do."

The event is also much more than just a car show, because it serves as a fundraiser for 2 important organizations.  Vassar said that proceeds from the entry fees and other activities at the show will go to benefit the Children's Miracle Network in Oklahoma and the Northwest Oklahoma Court Appointed Special Advocate (NWOK CASA) program.

"We just want to give back to our community," Vassar said about the charitable goals of the event.


The Woodward Car Show will kick off on Friday at 6 p.m. with a cruise in at the Dairy Queen at 13th St. and Main St.

Then at 7 p.m. Friday, the classic cars will get a chance to "drag Main" once again as part of a poker run.  Vassar said participants will stop at 5 Main Street businesses and choose a card as they try for a prize for getting the best or worst poker hand.

Following the run, the burnout contest will begin at 8 p.m. Friday and will be held in front of the Dairy Queen.

The car show fun will continue on Saturday with registration opening at 7 a.m. at Crystal Beach Park.  Vassar said that car owners have until noon to register their vehicles as ballots will be handed out at noon for voting on the top cars in 14 categories.

The cars will then be on display along Temple Houston Drive in the central area of the park from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

A poker walk will then be held at 10:15 a.m.  Vassar explained that like a poker run, participants will go around to different locations to draw cards to try and make the best or worst hand for a prize. However, instead of using vehicles to get from place to place, he said participants will simply walk around to 5 different spots within Crystal Beach Park to pick their cards.

While walking around the park, visitors may also choose to enjoy a ride on the Kiwanis train or a dip in the Aquatics Park, both of which will begin their summer operating seasons this Saturday.

The children's games will begin at 11:15 a.m. with turtle races.  Vassar said children are asked to provide their own turtles.  Additional games and the dunk tank will be available throughout the afternoon.

Other all day events will include hourly cash drawings for car show participants and a silent auction at the registration trailer, both of which will begin in the morning and continue through 5 p.m.  There will also be concessions offered all day and a silent auction will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by the registration trailer, which will be located to the southwest of the pavilion area at the park.

The Woodward Car Show will conclude on Sunday when the show winners will be announced on Sunday at 11 a.m.

In addition to presenting awards for the top 2 cars in each of 8 model year categories, additional awards will be presented for best paint, best interior, best motor, unfinished, Mayor's choice and People's choice.

Vassar said the public is invited to attend all of the car show events and just come enjoy the automotive displays.

"We hope to have lots and lots of people," he said, noting there should be a lot to see.

"We had 154 cars showed up last year, so we hope to have close to 200 this year; it just all depends on the weather.