After skipping 2020 because of the pandemic, the annual Cars in the Park car show will be back this year on Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Theatre in the Park parking lot in Shawnee Mission Park, with a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee. The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is a major annual fundraiser for JCPRD’s Special Olympics and Special Populations programs.
“Of course, we have our fingers crossed for a beautiful weather day,” said Program Assistant Lise Dujakovich. “We’re very excited for participants and spectators to come out and enjoy all the fun. I’d recommend that if the weather looks ‘iffy’ folks call the Information Line at (913) 686-6030, enter 14# at prompt, to make sure the event has not been canceled due to any severe weather.”
For spectators, admission to the show is free and concessions will be available.
Cars in the Park 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 pull out of the garage to proudly display. Judging of the entries for award this year will be done by the participants themselves, and by members of the JCPRD Rangers Special Olympics Team, who will award an Athlete’s Choice Award.
This year’s Presenting Gold Medal Sponsor is Arvest Bank. Another new addition is Dream Team Car Club KC, which will be bringing Porsche, McLarens, Ferrari, and Viper autos out and raffling off rides in their amazing vehicles. They also have contacts with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and Shawnee Police and Fire Departments which may also have vehicles at the show. In addition, Star Wars© characters and Pin Ups for Vets will be available for photo opportunities. There is no fee or charge to participate in the drawing. You are under no obligation to make a contribution. You may not be barred from participation if you do not make a contribution.
There will also be a 50/50 pot, Silent Auction items (with a focus on the Chiefs, but with other sport team items as well), raffling off rides in the exotic cars, and an onsite DJ to keep things fun and entertaining. Awards are ready for all kinds of car categories to win! Concessions will be available during the event from two vendors; Shelly’s Lunchbox and Barbwire Barbecue.
Dujakovich noted there has been some confusion about the status of this year’s Cars in the Park, because a companion event, Truck and Big Rigs for Kids, was recently cancelled.
“Most importantly, folks should know that Cars in the Park is still a ‘go,’” she said.
Dujakovich explained that with the recent cancellation of Trucks and Big Rigs for this year and the cancellation of both events in 2020, this year’s Cars in the Park is especially important to JCPRD’s Special Olympics and Special Populations program.
“Cars in the Park is currently the JCPRD Rangers’ only big fundraising opportunity each year, so we took a hit having to cancel (in 2020),” she said. “Having car owners register (only $25) to show off their vehicles and having spectators out to view the cars, ask questions, and participate in other activities previously listed is crucial to our fundraising endeavors. Proceeds will directly benefit Special Populations and our Special Olympics Rangers team. Those proceeds help us offer programming that includes a variety of sports as well as community outings to movies, dinner, Maverick’s games, Monarch’s games, craft nights, etc.”
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. The fee is $25 per vehicle through the day of the show. For participants, there will be door prizes.
To learn more or to register a vehicle for the event, register online or call the Registration Department at (913) 831-3359.