Lions Club Car show makes a comeback

Ernie Brodie (left), Bob Baroni, Shelagh Shafer and Sharon Baroni during the 2015 car show. (Photo by Laura Mancuso, Illinois Valley News)

After a two-year hiatus, the I.V. Lions Club’s annual classic car show will be coming back to Jubilee Park in Cave Junction Saturday, June 24. This family-friendly event will feature a variety of older model vehicles for viewers’ enjoyment, prizes for participants, and a raffle with a range of prizes for locals to enjoy.
Steve Parker, a Lions Club member who is coordinating this event for the first time since joining, explained in an interview that although this year’s car show would have been the 23rd, the loss of two years due to pandemic-induced regulations means that it will technically be the 21st.
There are 27 different categories for participants to consider joining, including truck and motorcycle classes. Cars are also categorized by decade, with a new “Best Corvette” category being added this year as well. While there are currently only about 60 cars signed up for the show, Parker explained that ideally he is “really hoping for a hundred cars; I think we’re gonna make it!”
Entrants will start to roll in at 7 a.m. to park and sort their respective vehicles. In addition to this, local business owner Monique Allen will be providing participants with breakfast. From there, judges will arrive and the car show will officially open to the public at noon.
While there is certainly much to be said on the participants side of things, even curious onlookers can enjoy themselves at this event. The Lions Club plans to have a variety of things for sale, including T-shirts to celebrate the car show. There will be a raffle for the public with prizes, mostly gift cards to local businesses.
The Lions Club will also be selling tri-tip sandwiches for lunch, with local eatery Bruno’s Cavern providing a few other foods for purchase. Shaved ice and kettle corn will also be available, with Parker explaining that while he didn’t want to wind up with “10 taco trucks,” he is still “trying to cover a few different flavors.”

Parker is hopeful that the event will draw a large crowd of former attendees and new residents who will come not only to check out the classic cars, but to support the Lions Club in its efforts to enrich the local community through their various programs. “We just want to do something good for the community, have some fun, and hopefully be better next year!”
Parker also expressed that while several businesses have agreed to sponsor trophies for this event; the Lions Club is still in need of local trophy sponsors and encourages businesses to contact them to discuss things further if they are interested. The phone number to the Lions Clubhouse is 541-592-4135, leave a message and they will return you call.