Hummin’ and strummin’: 14th annual Cars and Guitars show coming up Saturday

Cars and Guitars will take over downtown Seymour on Saturday for the 14th consecutive year.

It’s an event organizer Gary Colglazier said is a great benefit to the city. Not only does it bring people to Seymour, it helps fund the purchase of playground equipment for special needs children at Seymour parks.

Last year’s show raised $7,000 for the parks department. That money is saved in an account until there is enough to purchase more equipment, Colglazier said.

In 2016, the parks department used $25,000 from the fund to purchase playground equipment for Kessler Park.

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Since the show has funded equipment for the city’s three major parks — Shields, Gaiser and Kessler — Colglazier said the goal now will be to invest money to make the playgrounds more accessible, such as concrete walkways and rubber mats around the equipment.

The car show is expected to attract 250 to 300 vehicles of all makes and models, from classic and vintage to muscle and exotic cars, trucks and motorcycles and the people who love them.

The show will end with a concert by the Indianapolis band The Retros performing hits of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The concert will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Those attending the concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

There is no cost for the public to attend the car show or concert. There will be food and refreshments available from Gresham’s Miss Piggy’s booth and a shaved ice booth.

Registration for the car show begins at noon on West Second Street near the Jackson County Public Library. Entry is $20 per vehicle. Early registration through Friday is $15 and includes a free T-shirt.

Preregistered parking begins at 2 p.m. Dash plaques are available to the first 250 vehicles.

Cars and Guitars is a little different from most car shows because there are no awards given out, only door prizes.

All prizes are valued at $100 or more with the biggest price being a $400 certificate for tires at George’s of Seymour. There also will be a silent auction of gift baskets and other merchandise donated from local businesses and a 50/50 raffle.

The event has such a good turnout for two main reasons, Colglazier said.

“I think it’s popular because of what we raise money for, and Seymour is a hub for car enthusiasts,” he said. “We are able to draw people from everywhere.”

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What: 14th annual Cars and Guitars car show and concert

When: Saturday; registration starts at noon near the Jackson County Public Library on West Second Street; preregistered parking starts at 2 p.m.; The Retros concert is from 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Downtown Seymour

Cost: Admission to car show and concert is free; vehicle registration is $20 or $15 if preregistered

Information: Call Gary Colglazier at 812-569-8779 or Dan Colglazier at 812-522-3449

Proceeds: All money raised goes to purchase and install playground equipment for physically challenged children in city parks; donations can be made to Cars and Guitars Inc., 310 N. Lynn St., Seymour, IN 47274