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JULY 8, 2010

What is the Show & Shine?

   Car shows can be huge commercial events with hundreds or even thousands of vehicles on display, or they can be small, hometown shows with only a few vehicles.  The Orofino Show & Shine falls in the average range for local, non-profit promoters, and typically attracts 75-100+ vehicles.

   It's the perfect-sized show and gives everyone a chance to see everything in a relaxing and friendly environment.  There's plenty of time to actually visit with the owner or builder of the vehicle and learn the history involved in their accomplishments.

   Many top exhibitors travel from all over the northwest to participate in the Orofino Show & Shine, as well as many local enthusiasts who live in Clearwater County.  The overall quality of vehicles exhibited in Orofino has always been outstanding, with many top winning vehicles on display.

   The Orofino Show & Shine Planning Committee will host the 7th Annual Show & Shine Scholarship fundraiser Saturday, July 17 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Orofino City Park.  The public is invited. 

   For more information contact Tim McTevia 476-7569, or Tommy Atkinson 476-3376.

   In a nutshell, a Show & Shine is an opportunity for proud enthusiasts to shine up their special vehicles and show them to each other and to present them to the public.

   At an open show such as the Orofino Show & Shine, these vehicles include cars, trucks, motorcycles, or whatever has wheels and an engine.  The vehicles can be brand new, very old, or somewhere in between.  They can be antiques, original classics, restored oldies, muscle cars, customized street rods, or rat rods.  The possibilities are unlimited and usually quite diversified.

   The event includes some friendly competition among participants, with awards given in various categories, which are judged by the participants themselves.

   Traditionally, Show & Shine events are extremely popular with exhibitors and spectators alike.  It's an opportunity for the exhibitor to show off his or her accomplishments and possibly establish some bragging rights among their peers.  It's a time to renew old acquaintances, make new friends, and involve the public in the wonderful world of automotive history.

   For the spectator, a Show & Shine offers the opportunity to view, admire, and experience many aspects of the vehicle industry not normally seen.  For many it's merely a pleasant moment of nostalgia and is guaranteed to take an older spectator right back to his or her younger days (who doesn't remember their very first vehicle?).

   That's not to say that only vintage vehicles are on display... many newer models (some modified and some not) which are popular with everyone, young or old.  A Show & Shine definitely offers something for everyone!

   This year we have added the ever popular Poke~Car Walk.  This sheet will be found in the first 100 Participants Goodie Bag.  The Poke~Car Walk is to draw the participants to our beautiful Downtown.  This year the Merchants are Hallmark, Krystal Café, Eagles Nest, Augies and the Wild Hare.  These merchants are also offering something in the Goodie Bag.  So get your entry in now!

   The ever-popular People's Choice Award gives spectators a chance to become involved by voting for their favorite entry on the day of the show.  This is one of the top awards given, and a true compliment for the vehicle owner to receive.

   The hard-working members of the Orofino Show & Shine Planning Committee would like to invite everyone to come on down to the Orofino City Park July 17 for a day of fun and relaxation.

   The master of ceremonies for the event are Jeff and Monica Jones of KLER, who will be entertaining everyone with music from the Fifties and Sixties, as well as conducting on-air interviews with exhibitors and spectators.  Food vendors will be on hand to entice everyone with a variety of foods.

   There will be displays set up in the park.  2010 T-shirts will be on sale, as well as raffle tickets with prizes valued at over $1,000.  Participant entry fee is $10.  Spectators are admitted free of charge.

   Proceeds from this event are designated to the OSSPC Scholarship Fund and used to provide scholarships for Clearwater County graduates each year who plan a future in the automotive industry.

   In the seventh-year history of the OSSPC, this group has provided $22,000 in scholarship money.  Without the support of local area business and participants in the event, this would not be possible.