|Cars in the Park event on Sept. 24 benefits Special Olympians|
About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are expected to attend the annual Cars in the Park car show on Saturday, Sept. 24, at The Theatre in the Park in Shawnee Mission Park.
The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is one of two major annual fundraisers for JCPRD’s Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available.
The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. Part of the fun is seeing what area residents dust off and retrieve from their garages to display. Participant choice judging will be used for awards.
All proceeds from Cars in the Park benefit the JCPRD’s Special Olympics / Special Populations department. Specifically, these funds are typically used to acquire uniforms and pay for transportation to events.
For anyone interested in entering the show, vehicle registrations are being taken through the day of the event. All participants must be registered and on-site by noon to be judged. Special Olympian athletes will be voting on their favorite entry for the Athletes Choice Award. For those exhibiting vehicles, the fee is $20 per vehicle until the day of the show when it increases to $25. For participants, there will be a 50/50 pot and raffle. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on the green “Register for Activities” button and complete a barcode search for 34861.
For businesses, Cars in the Park also offers sponsorship opportunities and booth space during the event.
To learn more or to register for the event, call Special Populations Coordinator Lindsey Minnick at (913) 831-3355 or (913) 826-3027.
The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park and is accessible via a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee.