Car show, concert to celebrate 15th year Saturday

Cars and Guitars will rock ’n’ roll into downtown Seymour on Saturday.

In its 15th year, the annual car show and concert has become one of the city’s most well-attended events, attracting hundreds of makes and models of vehicles, from classic and vintage to muscle and exotic cars, trucks and motorcycles and the people who love them.

There are 190 vehicles preregistered for this year’s show, and if the weather holds out, event organizer Gary Colglazier said another 100 or so could show up the day of, pushing registration to 300 or more.

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“They don’t have to be old cars,” Colglazier said. “We like the new ones, too.”

Downtown streets will close and registration will begin at noon. Parking for the show begins at 2 p.m. at the Jackson County Public Library, 303 W. Second St. The cost to enter a vehicle in the show is $20.

Dash plaques are available to the first 250 vehicles.

There will be refreshments available to purchase.

The show will end with the Indianapolis band Tastes Like Chicken taking the stage from 7 to 9 p.m. Those attending the free concert are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, organizers said. In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Knights of Columbus, 118 E. Second St.

With nine members, Tastes Like Chicken specializes in upbeat dance music in rock, pop, rhythm and blues and disco. Although the band has played at the Seymour Oktoberfest before, it is new to Cars and Guitars.

The car show raises money to equip Seymour parks with playground equipment for physically challenged children.

So far, the event has raised around $100,000 to purchase and install new playground equipment at Shields, Gaiser and Kessler parks.

“Last year, we donated $6,000,” Colglazier said.

The money is kept in a parks and recreation account until there is enough to fund a project.

Recently, the car show committee, which is made up of Gary and his wife, Carolyn, Dan and Alicia Colglazier and Darrin and Shawna Boas, agreed to use funds to install a rubber matting at Gaiser Park that allows wheelchairs to access the playground. The cost of the matting is $11,000, Colglazier said.

The city’s parks department is working with The Arc of Jackson County to purchase a new glider that can be used by people in wheelchairs. The matting will allow the piece to be installed at Gaiser Park.

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

Prizes are valued at $100 or more, including a set of tires from Seymour Tire and services from A Touch of Class Auto Detailing in Columbus. There also will be a silent auction of gift baskets and other merchandise donated from local businesses and a 50/50 raffle.

Colglazier said the event has continued to be popular because so many people have an interest in cars and helping out kids.

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What: 15th 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.; Tastes Like Chicken concert is from 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Downtown Seymour

Cost: Admission to car show and concert is free; vehicle registration is $20

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