Celebrate dads and cars in a rock ‘n’ roll classic Father’s Day June 17-18 | Sweetened

An assortment of vehicles were on display during the 2021 Father’s Day Rock ‘n’ Roll Classic show at Five Rocks in Gering. The Auto Show returns June 18-19, with a new pin competition organized by Rockabilly Misfits.

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High Plains Auto Club welcomes parents and kids to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Classic Car Show for Father’s Day on June 17-18.

The club’s organizers are delighted to welcome the community to a fun free event now in its 23rd year.

Kurt Schuller, president of the Automobile Club, said he expects this year’s show to exceed 300 cars. During the club’s meeting in May, organizers received 142 pre-registered forms. Remanufactured and modified cars have been manufactured from about 1940 to the present day, with the majority of vehicles on display in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

“We still hope to get over 300 again,” he said. “Pre-entry is where we normally live in, but with gas prices the way they are, it would be interesting to see who all come up with.”

Previous Father’s Day classics have seen vehicles from Texas, Arizona, California, Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado.

Schuller said the club created the classic Father’s Day to bring families together.

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“So that the sons and fathers go out and remember the old cars,” he said. “A lot of the older generation had cars like that which is why we rotated them around Father’s Day.”

As families walk through the Five Rocks grass field and look at the vehicles, Schuller said he hopes it will inspire the next generation.

“They can work with their hands and this is something they can do to keep that alive and growing,” he said. “The younger generations are working in cars of the newer type, which is a good thing because they are still engaged.”

Schuller said the Classic Father’s Day event is a dual-purpose event, focused on supporting young people’s educational endeavors and bringing the community together.

“Everything the Automobile Club does goes to our school,” he said. “Every year, we give out scholarships to children who want to get involved in the field of trade. What we get out of the auto show goes back to our scholarship money.”

The festivities begin on Friday, June 17, with a barbecue at the Gering Civic Center, followed by a cash cruise. Registration is open from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Civic Center. Registration can be completed at Five Rocks on Saturday morning.

Car owners can sign up for the cash event cruise, where they will travel to nearby attractions such as Scotts Bluff National Monument and Wildcat Hills. A chest will be created at each location where drivers will place their tickets for a chance to win prizes again at the Civic Center. The cruise is from 3 to 5:30 p.m., raffle takes place at 6 p.m. with an ice cream social gathering at 6:30 p.m.

On Saturdays, paradeers can begin lining up for the downtown parade at 8 a.m. at N 10th St. Participants who wish to stand together at Five Rocks are asked to stand together in the parade. The show starts at 9 a.m. and heads to 10th Street before drivers head to the Five Rocks Amphitheater. No candy may be tossed during the show as per the ordinance of the city of Gering.

After the show, the audience is invited to get a close look at the vehicles during the vehicle show at Five Rocks Amphitheater. Car showroom from 10 am to 4 pm, weather permitting.

There will also be an acceleration session at 1pm where car owners are encouraged to start their engines and rev the engines.

A new event, held in conjunction with the Auto Show, is the first annual install competition hosted by Rockabilly Misfits. The event will be in the amphitheater on Saturday at 11 a.m. and there is a $10 entrance fee. Registration for the competition is available on Friday from 2 to 6 pm and Saturday after the show from 9 to 10:30 am

According to the event’s Facebook page, contestants must wear a pin costume dating from 1940 to 1960. Props are encouraged to bring the costume to life, but midriffs, nudity, pasties, lingerie, or swimwear are not permitted. Contestants will be divided into age groups: Juniors, 4 to 12 years old; Adolescents, from 13 to 17 years old; Adults, 18 and over.

Ballots must be returned to the registration desk by 1 p.m. Saturday. The winners will be announced during the awards banquet for the exhibition participants at the Civic Center. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and meals are served at 5:30 p.m.

“All the cars are parked in the parking lot or at the hotel,” Schuller said. “If people can’t get to the show, they can usually see the cars there.”

The registration fee is $50, which includes two barbecues on Friday and two banquet meals on Saturday and allows participants to enjoy the car show and cruises for the money.

For more information, visit www.highplainsautoclub.com.

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