Paw Paw Days Classic Car and Truck Show
In the tradition of our original Paw Paw Days, downtown Paw Paw merchants will bring back sidewalk sales, selling their wares inside and out, Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22.
Friday evening, classic car owners will come together for the Carol Motycka Memorial Classic Car Cruise. Participants should meet at 6pm, Walmart garden center parking lot, south of I-94, to begin the caravan through downtown and on out into the surrounding countryside. The route ends back in town at Red's Root Beer for eats and treats. The event is sponsored by Walmart.
Bright and early Saturday, July 22, downtown streets will be closed to host the biggest-ever Paw Paw Days Classic Car & Truck Show. This event brings thousands of visitors to Paw Paw each summer and has been referred to as one of the best vintage vehicle venues in Southwest Michigan. Sponsored by John Tapper, Inc. Chevy-Buick-GMC, and Tapper Ford, LLC, organizers expect over 200 classic cars and trucks to be on display along Michigan Avenue and side streets in downtown Paw Paw. Registration that day begins at 8 a.m., the show opens at 9.
Dash plaques, gift bags, and door prizes will be given to the car show entrants and up to 60 trophies will be awarded throughout the day, ending with Best of Show and class trophy presentations at 3 p.m. A special Jan Hoehn Memorial award will honor an original member of the Chamber of Commerce and founder of the classic car show. Hoehn died of cancer last fall after more than 30 years of dedicated service to her community.
All of our awards this anniversary year are original etched glass trophies, made at our own Van Buren Intermediate School District's Technology Center. Souvenir T-shirts and mini-dash plaques will be for sale.
The Masonic Lodge will host a breakfast Saturday morning from 8 to11 a.m.
Beginning at 9 a.m., area vendors, artists, and crafters will fill the County Park in the center of town with booths and carts of goodies. Food vendors will provide on-the-spot yummies, while some local restaurants will offer Paw Paw Days specials. KidsZone, sponsored Freshwater Community Church, will be set up in the Van Buren County courthouse parking lot, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering games, water play, and other activities for our younger Paw Paw Days guests.
Miss Paw Paw and her court will be selling 50/25/25 raffle tickets for a drawing at 3 p.m.
For more information, or to enter your car, reserve your booth in our “Marketplace,” or sign up for the cornhole tournament, call Brenda Tortorelli at the Paw Paw Area Chamber of Commerce, (269) 657-5395; or e-mail her at: email@example.com. For more information on the paddle, contact Kayak Kenneth at (269) 330-1040. Look for updates on Facebook and our Chamber website, www.pawpawchamber.com.