Thousands descend on Bothwell's Victoria Park for the annual Bothwell car show, August 6, 2016. (Photo by the Blackburn Radio Summer Patrol)

Bothwell gearing up to host annual classic car show

Classic cars and trucks will be cruising into Bothwell this weekend for the town’s annual car show and OptiFest.

The gates at Victoria Park will open at 8 a.m. both Friday and Saturday with an automotive flea market and plenty of activities for the whole family.

Event Chair Dennis Smith said they will have a lot of vendors and activities in the park including bouncy castles and some pedal-boats this year.

“Our motto as an Optimist club is ‘Friends of Youth’ and we try to put stuff out in the park for the kids,” said Smith. “Sometimes the old cars don’t work for the kids, but it’s just amazing how many young kids come out and look at them and go over and talk to some of these people that have cars.”

A parade is set to take place starting at 7 p.m. Friday and a classic car show will follow that up on Saturday with registration taking place until noon. Vehicle registration costs $10 at the gate unless you are driving a 1969 or earlier pickup truck — that’s the featured vehicle for this year’s show.

One of the most popular attractions at the event every year is the Firemens 50-50 draw with last year’s jackpot winner taking home $42,219. Smith said one key requirement is that you have to be present in-person to claim your prize for the draw itself, which is taking place at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“You have to be here to win that money,” said Smith. “Nobody leaves much before 4 o’clock.”

All of the money that is raised by the Optimist Club stays in the community. Smith said if the weather holds up, he is expecting 8,000-10,000 people to head through the gates into the park and approximately 1,400 vehicles to register for the car show.

Admission tickets are $5 per adult each day — kids under 12 get in free with adult accompaniment.

You can find more information on the event by clicking here.