Basehor Car Show finds success despite weather
Dreary weather and a Kansas City Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium did not stop local residents and car enthusiasts from attending the Basehor Car Show on Sunday, Sept. 23, at Basehor-Linwood High School.
Between 2,500 to 3,000 people attended the Car Show, now in its fifth year. There were also 214 cars, trucks and motorcycles entered into the all-day event.
Car Show commissioner Bob Purtee said this year's event went just as well as the others in years' past.
"Yeah, I think it went great and a lot of people showed up," Purtee said. "Early on, we were running out of places to park people."
The popularity of the Car Show has grown every year since its inception in 1996 and for, Basehor residents like Mark Meyer, the event is something not to be missed.
"I think it is pretty good," Meyer said. "It's close to home and there is always a good turnout."
Meyer, who entered his TR3 Triumph into the competition, has come away with a medal every year he has entered the event.
All the entries paid an admission fee for the contest. There were also patriotic T-shirts on sale commemorating the event.
Proceeds from the Car Show will go to the Basehor-Linwood High School Project Graduation, an alcohol-free post graduation party at the Leavenworth Community Center for all students at BLHS.
The amount of money the Car Show generated for Project Grad has not been announced.
Also on hand at the Car Show were games for children such as a dunk tank, climbing wall, moon walk and car bash.
Later in the afternoon, approximately 130 awards were given out to contest participants. Among the awards given were special memorial awards in the name of Matthew Lee Jones, a former Car Show judge who recently passed away, and Marshall Norris, a BLHS student who was killed in a single vehicle accident on Sept. 8. ( see related story, page 15A)
Following the awards ceremony, the Basehor Veterans of Foreign Wars participated in a tribute to America. During the service, there was a flag ceremony, a moment of silence and 175 red, white and blue balloons were let loose into the sky.
The power of the moment overwhelmed most of those who attended the Sunday event.
"There wasn't a dry eye in the house and it was very touching," Purtee said. "It was something we did to salute our country and to show our colors as a community."
Purtee also wanted to thank those involved in organizing the event including parents in the Project Grad organization, Car Show officials Marsha Piersol and Cindy Coffer and Mike "Mad Dog" McDowell, who cooked all of the food sold at the event.
The success of the Car Show Sunday, as in previous years, has made the event a staple for the city of Basehor. "There are plans for a number six, but we will have to see what next year brings," Purtee said.