Perry’s third annual Cruise Show experienced its largest attendance to date on Friday, August 4. The vehicle show allowed car enthusiasts and patrons to showcase their car, tractor, motorcycle, or motor-operated vehicle during the Friday night event. The night show, taking place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., was held on Second and Warford streets in downtown Perry.
100 vehicles were registered, making this car show the highest in attendance since it’s start in 2015.
“I’ve learned a lot this year,” Chamber of Commerce member, Dave Wright described. “This is the first year where we have had a vehicle show.” Wright has assisted in the overall planning process of the show each year.
This year’s goal was to shed a light on the agriculture community by expanding the show from cars only, to the possibility of entering tractors, bikes, and other motorized vehicles.
Attendees were able to enjoy Perry’s downtown as a portion of stores remained open, a beer garden was set up in the Josh Davis Plaza, and music from both a D.J. and the KDLS Red Wagon van.
To enter the show, a registration donation of $10.00 was asked of those who wished to be judged in the awards section. The fee was later donated to Masonic Home Relay for Life team.
Those who registered were later judged in the following categories: “Best of Show,” “Best Local Entry,” “Best Paint Job,” “Most Unusual,” and “Best Thing on Wheels.”
Trophies for the categories were hand-crafted by Welder and Part-Time DMACC Instructor, Jim Von Behren.
“The first year we were more conventional and just gave out plaques,” Wright described. “Last year was the first year that we had Jim make trophies, and those seem to be a big draw for people.”
Trophies were made out of various scrap metal pieces included items from a plumber’s wrench and a John Deere gator.
“I just build them by thinking about what I would want,” Von Behren said, “I’ve got about three dollars in everything”
Von Behren spent around three Saturday’s working on the trophies at the local DMACC, and he enjoyed his time building.
“I’ve already been communicated to that he’s interested in doing again next year,” Wright said.
In the past, the show took place on the second week of August, but was changed in order avoid running into the same schedule as the Iowa State Fair. However this year’s show was held during the same time as the annual 141 Garage Sale, which added additional nighttime entertainment to Perry’s jam-packed Friday.
“We have all of the flags and it just seems like its buzzing with activity,” Wright commented before the vehicle show.
After visiting numerous car shows within a forty-mile radius, passing out flyers, and speaking with car clubs, Wright believed this year’s show was an overall success.
“It was a perfect situation as far as weather was concerned – crowds are determinate on the weather and circumstance,” Wright said.