By MORGAN MANNS
The Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau will host its 15th Annual Car Show Friday.
Originally planned for May 5, the event was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
With the recent spouts of heavy rainfall, officials are hopeful the sun will shine for Friday’s shindig.
“Last year we were able to fill downtown and bring a really positive event to Fostoria,” chamber/small business Director Sarah Stephens-Krupp said. “This year we are on track to have even more classic cars and trucks so we are hoping for an even bigger and better show.”
The car show will feature classic and antique cars and trucks as well as a new car on display from Reineke Family Dealerships. All of the vehicles on display will be parked on Main Street from North to South streets from 4-8 p.m.
Pre-registration is $10 with a deadline of 5 p.m. Thursday. Registration the day of the show is $15.
The first 50 registrants will receive goody bags courtesy of the event presenting sponsors: Reineke Family Dealerships, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital, Ohio Logistics and First Federal Bank.
Registration forms are available on the chamber website at www.fostoriaohio.org/events/carshow or can be picked up at the chamber office, 121 N. Main St.
Mix 96.7 will be on site doing a live remote from the Park and Shop lot at the intersection of West Center and South Main streets.
Krupp said 13 trophies will be awarded Friday, including Best in Show, Best Truck, Best Mopar, Best GM, Best Ford, Best Import Car, Best Muscle Car, Best 40s and 50s Car, Best Pre-War Car, Best Mustang, Best Corvette, Best Paint Job and Best Late Model Car (1975 or newer).
During the show, the Fostoria Masonic Lodge will be offering a sandwich, chips and a drink for $6 in their dining room, located at 113 E. Tiffin St.
In addition, Tasty Dogs will also be on site and the many local downtown eateries will be open for business during the event, some offering special deals.
“It’s not just about cars,” Krupp previously said. “People come to downtown not only to look at cars but also experience and look at businesses downtown. We have quite a few that have moved in, remodeled or started new offerings. We want to showcase what we have downtown and how downtown is growing.”
While some streets will be closed after 11 a.m. Friday, Krupp said there will be sufficient parking locations available to those interested in attending the downtown events.
The Ray Dell parking lot on the corner of East South and South Main streets, the city parking lot on East Center Street and the St. Wendelin parking lot at the corner of Wood and North streets will be available as well as West Tiffin Street, which will remain open for those who need to access the downtown businesses located along Main Street.
Kickoff the weekend early with a free outdoor movie at 9 p.m. Thursday. In line with the car show theme, the Visitor’s Bureau will show a 1970s classic movie featuring cars, singing and dancing in the grassy lot on the corner of Main and Tiffin streets.
The idea of a free outdoor movie for community members has been kicked around in the past, according to Michele Cochran, community development/tourism director.
“We were looking for something for families to do to get together and get outside,” she previously said. “With the car show, I thought it was a good opportunities to tie the movie into it.”
The first outdoor movie took place in mid-June at Foundation Park. Krupp said it was “very well received” with about 50 people in attendance.
This upcoming movie was scheduled to take place the same day as the car show at the beginning of May but was also rescheduled due to the inclement weather.
Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks.
In case of rain, Krupp said the two events will likely be canceled and announced via Facebook and the chamber website as well as Mix 96.7 and the Review Times.
“We encourage people to visit downtown Thursday and Friday night to experience some classic small town fun,” Krupp said.
For more information on the car show or free movie, visit www.fostoriaohio.org or email Sarah@FostoriaChamber.com.