Bakersfield already loves its car shows, but throw in helping a good cause and a car show can become a runaway hit.
The Super Cruise Car Show, put on by Bakersfield Car Club Council Inc., will return to the Kern County Fairgrounds on Saturday as part of the Fred Hall Central Valley Sports Show. The local car show portion, now in its 22nd year, will benefit the Society for Disabled Children.
"Besides seeing the vehicles on display that are entered in the car show, local car clubs will be parked together so if people want to find out about any of these clubs, when they meet, what kind of events they do, et cetera, they can ask and possibly consider joining a local car club," said Bette Addington, who handles communications for BCCC. "There will also be car-related vendors around our area for car enthusiasts to talk to."
The fee to enter into the show, which includes trucks and motorcycles in addition to cars, is $35 on the day-of. That price gets the car and anyone in it into both the car show and the Fred Hall sports show. All years, makes and models of vehicles are welcome to enter the show. Registration will take place between 7 and 10 a.m. at Gate 40, before the sports show starts.
Spectators can enjoy the Super Cruise Car Show, which will be held around the Budweiser Pavilion, with paid admission to the larger sports event.
The car show also includes a 50/50 raffle, a regular raffle and a "Super Raffle." The 50/50 winner will be chosen at the end of the awards presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. at the pavilion. Raffle winners will be chosen throughout the day, with the first drawn at 10 a.m. and winning tickets will be posted on a board people can check at their convenience, Addington said. The Super Raffle has 20 quality items, she said, valued at more than $250, which will each have buckets in front of them where people can put their tickets for a chance to win a specific prize. Winners of the Super Raffle will need to be present at the 2 p.m. awards ceremony to collect their prizes.
In 21 years so far, the Super Cruise Car Show has raised more than $360,000 for the Society for Disabled Children. Every year since 2012, the car show has raised at least $20,000. Organizers hope to continue that streak. All proceeds of the show go to the local charity, Addington said.
"This is their main funding for Camp Blue Jay, (which) they conduct for a week in June for local disabled children to get to experience going away to camp for a full week," Addington said, adding that the kids go to Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria. "It not only gives these kids a camping experience they will never forget but it gives their parents a week break."
Kids from the society will also come to the car show to pick their favorites, with special plaques for them to award.
While at the fairgrounds, people can also check out all the activities of the Central Valley Sports Show, where there will be vendors, speakers and more for anyone interested in fishing, RVs, boats and other outdoor recreations. It will be held all weekend. Event highlights include the Dock Dogs (dogs jumping into the water to retrieve a thrown object), the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show, knife-throwing and more.
For more on the Fred Hall Central Valley Sports Show, check out the special insert in Thursday's Californian.