The classic cars are coming to town for the 2008 McLoud Blackberry Festival. The annual Blackberry Festival car show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 5 on the large ball field in Veterans Park.


The classic cars are coming to town for the 2008 McLoud Blackberry Festival. The annual Blackberry Festival car show is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 5 on the large ball field in Veterans Park.

According to Chamber Director Jayne Sconyers, pre-registration is currently open at $15 an entry for the event and early sign ups will continue to be accepted until Tuesday. After the pre-registration date, the fee increases to $20 and registrations will be taken from 7 to 10 a.m. July 5.

KOMA’s Mobile Music team will serve as DJ’s for the event taking a cruise back in time with oldies music and classic cars. Dash plaques will be awarded to the first 75 entries of the show and first and second place trophies will be given out in each class. Door prizes will be awarded and the 50/50 pot will once again be available.

Classes for this year’s event include original and modified car classes and original and modified truck classes for years, pre-’50, ’50-’59, ’60-’69, ’70-’79, ’80-’89, ’90-’99, 2000-present. Specialty classes include unfinished car, unfinished truck, street rod coupe, street rod sedan, all low riders, all four wheel drives and special interest.

Special awards will be given to the best of show and the farthest distance traveled.
New to this year’s car show is the motorcycle portion of the show. Classes for motorcycles will include custom — all bikes, bagger — all bikes, Harley ’84 to present Softail, Harley ’84 to present Swingarm, Harley ’83 and below, Sportster — all bikes, European — all bikes, Asia 750cc and below, Asia 800cc and up, trikes — all bikes, antique — all bikes 1970s and below and mayor’s choice.

“We are excited about the growth the show has seen over the past few years,” said Sconyers. “Our coordinator, Larry Craig, is doing a fabulous job and I know he plans to continue making improvements and additions that will draw the cars and motorcycles from throughout the state.”

Sconyers said that instead of the usual trailer giveaway, this year the chamber opted to sell chances on a Jon Barrett Engine. The engine, a 350SBC 330 HP with 700 R4 Trans is just like Barrett’s engines that have been featured on TLC’s “Wrecks to Riches.” Tickets are available for the engine now at $10 each and only 200 tickets will be sold. The engine will be given away at the annual Chili Cook-Off Car Show on Oct. 18.

Also making a return to the 2008 event is the Blackberry Festival Poker Run.
Pre-registration is currently being held at $15 per person for the event until June 30. After the pre-registration date, the fee increases to $20. Event patches will be awarded to the first 100 riders registered so those interested are encouraged to sign up soon.

Registration the morning of the ride will be held downtown in McLoud beginning at 11 a.m. with first bike out at noon and last bike out at 1:30 p.m. Riders are expected to arrive back in McLoud throughout the late afternoon and early evening hours with the last bike in at the festival by 6 p.m. Once the riders return to the park, Bad Influence is scheduled to perform on the Main Stage in Veterans Park as well as food vendors, merchandise vendors, carnival rides and the annual fireworks display.

Prizes will be given away shortly after the bikes arrive in the park with best hand winning $500 and worst hand winning $250. There also will be door prizes, a 50/50 pot and a plaque for the youngest and oldest riders.

For more information on the 2008 Blackberry Festival, visit the McLoud Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.mcloudchamber.com. Information also is available by calling the McLoud Chamber of Commerce at 964-6566.