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Mason County Historical Society's Superb Shelton Car Show

By Bill Valley

The 2017 Mason County Historical Society (MCHS) Car Show was the 17th Annual celebration of this event. These folks know how to put on a Car Show. It is all volunteer planned, arranged and executed, with every penny going to support the MCHS.

There is tremendous community support for this endeavor with local businesses providing cash donations as well as contributing to a huge raffle. This year saw over $6,500 in donated items for the raffle, including golf weekends, spa packages, lumber, wine tastings, dinners for two, auto detail kits, and so on. With tickets only $1, everyone has a chance to be a winner.

The entire downtown of historic old town Shelton is closed off for the event, including 8 blocks on Main Street and all of the side streets. Local businesses including 7 restaurants open especially for the show. The "All you can eat pie and ice cream social" hosted at the Museum was packed with folks enjoying the homemade pies and Olympic Mountain Ice Cream. An organ grinder for the kids displayed his instruments and allowed kids to crank away. Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox stood guard over the town square.

The show regularly draws 350 to 400 vehicles including vintage military vehicles, restored to original antiques, hot rods, trucks, customs, and motorcycles. Over 50 trophies were awarded in multiple categories. All judges were from out of town to ensure bias free selection when picking the winners, with the local club's cars shown as display only. The 2018 Show is slated for the last Sunday in June, 24 this year, and the MCHS encourages you to join in the fun this year. You'll not be disappointed.


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