Weather dampens car show turnout
A drenching, cold rain forced Project Grad volunteers to postpone the Basehor Car Show which was originally scheduled for Oct. 15.
With temperatures in the 40s and a brisk wind last Saturday, the weather did not exactly cooperate on the rain date, but as car show chairman Steve Henley said, at least it was dry.
"The turnout wasn't as good as we had hoped," he said. "But, I think it went really well for as cold as it was and it being the second date."
The annual show is one of the main fundraisers for Project Grad, a drug- and alcohol-free party thrown for Basehor-Linwood High School seniors after graduation.
The car show usually covers the entire high school parking lot and spills over onto the grass surrounding the football field. But this year, participation was about half of last year's.
"There were 400 entries last year, but it was 72 degrees," Henley said. "It was beautiful."
Those who did brave the elements donned winter coats, hats and gloves and enjoyed browsing the aisles of cars, trucks and motorcycles from several different decades. Volunteers also sold hot dogs, turkey legs, barbecue beef and hot chocolate while disc jockey Josh Magaha played tunes from yesteryear.
"He had a little over six hours of music with no repeats," Henley said. "They were all automotive type songs."
A car donated by Heartland Tow for a "car bash" also provided entertainment for guests. They paid a fee to take a swing at the car.
A lot of legwork went into promoting the show, Henley said. Several volunteers spent time at area car shows handing out more than 4,000 fliers -- which is one reason people showed up from as far away as St. Joseph, Mo., and Salina to participate.
Even though the car show did not produce quite the revenue Henley was hoping for, he said volunteers were extremely helpful.
"I want to thank everybody who came out to bear the weather with us," he said. "Pretty much all of the volunteers stayed the whole day."
The goal was to have the Project Grad 5K Fun Run coincide with the annual Car Show, but Vicky Herbster said organizers were stuck with the original date of Oct. 15.
"It went great," she said. "We went ahead and did it on the rainy morning."
Herbster said about 73 runners registered, but because of the weather, only about 36 runners showed up. The Fun Run still managed to bring in about $1,200 for Project Grad.
Both Henley and Herbster agreed another Project Grad fundraiser likely will be held because of the lower turnout at the car show and run.