Annual Father’s Day event held at Muskingum Park
Steve McCarthy, president of the Marietta Noon Lions Club used those words to describe how car shows have a way of bringing people together during the annual Father’s Day event at Muskingum Park.
This year was the 28th Marietta Noon Lions Club car show and around 120 people showed off their vehicles during the event. Last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19 and it was also canceled in 2019 because of rain.
The cost was $15 per car and all of the proceeds go right back into the community and all the organizations the Lions Club supports.
Sunday’s show had a “fantastic turnout,” according to Lexi Feldner with the Lions Club.
“Father’s Day car show (has been) a tradition of the Lions Club for many years,” she said.
“There are people that come every year and they love it here.”
This particular car show is different than most because it takes place at a park instead of a parking lot, as is typical of most car shows.
“One of the biggest draws is that it’s in a park. There’s a lot of shade and we had a nice breeze today,” Feldner said. “A lot of car owners really compliment the park, they really like this atmosphere.”
The day was filled with concessions, car trivia and raffle drawings. Local businesses chipped in for prizes which catered to car owners with items like car cleaning kits.
The tradition was started by the late Bill Drayer who was a Lion member and a local mechanic.
“Bill was a car guy, he was a Mustang guy, he took it by the horns and started the Father’s Day car show and it caught on really (well),” McCarthy said. “People love this venue they love it, they come year after year.”
With these types of events, McCarthy says it gives one a sense of community as people bond over their vehicles and reminisce of the good times they had in them.
“Cars are a part of our heritage. There’s something about getting behind the wheel of a car that people have always loved,” he said. “Cars stir up a lot of memories.”
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