Twin City Idlers Show Just Keeps Growing!
Story and photos by Dave Gibson and Jim and Laura Scharf
A perfect first week of summer was punctuated by the Twin City Idlers Car Show. Hundreds of hours were put in by many people to make this one of the best shows in Western Washington. Eighty-degree weather was the norm. It all came to fruition on June 24th after the Cruise Night on the 23rd. Well over 100 cars participated in the Saturday evening cruise. There was lots of burning rubber causing black marks on the pavement in the middle school area. The number of cars registered was 590 and in place early Sunday creating a mile-long display.
Fifty of the 128 trophies were awarded during the cruise, including the Best Light Display. Hundreds of family spectators flocked to admire the show on Sunday. Les Anderson (club president) was our D.J. and announcer. He kept up a continuous flow of music and chatter. Periodically he would have a trivia or a "do-you-have-this" question with prizes for correct answers. There were also raffle drawings for dozens of items, a 50-50 drawing (hundreds of dollars), door prize drawing, which included two large roll-around tool boxes. There are many restaurants within easy walking distance and several food vendors were busy all day long, Yum!
About 2:30 p.m., the trophy awards started. Within one hour, 168 trophies were given out by Clarke Hamm, show chairman and club treasurer, and 10 other club members. All of the trophies were sponsored by community businesses and individuals in Stanwood, Camano Island and surrounding areas. This show keeps getting bigger and bigger, thanks to all you car nuts who brought your rides. Thanks to all of our community sponsors and the City of Stanwood for helping us to present this event.
Now, for the good part, this year the club will have $16,500 to support local charities: the Camano and Stanwood Senior Centers, the Fire and Police Explorer Scout groups (they helped with parking and traffic control), the Stanwood-Camano Foundation and four families-in-need, to be selected later during the year and holidays.
We have room to grow. As they say in the south, "Y'all come back!" Bring more friends and family. It's a fun one!