Organizers of the 19th annual Nauvoo Car Show, which is set for Saturday, hope this year will be no different.
“Rain or shine, the car show will go on,” said Gene McDaniel, a member of the Nauvoo Historical Society, which sponsors the event each year. “Last year, we had more than 150 participants in the show, and we hope to have even more this year.”
McDaniel said the car show was considered one of the biggest and best in central Alabama.
“We have people come from all over the Southeast to not only participate, but to see it as well,” McDaniel said. “There’ll be some nice rides lining the streets of downtown Nauvoo Saturday, so we hope everyone will come out and visit.”
McDaniel said this year’s show is dedicated in memory of Berta Harbin Towns-end, a lifelong resident of Nauvoo who passed away in February at the age of 86.
Townsend grew up in Nauvoo at the old Harbin Hotel, which was built by her father, W.O. Harbin, in 1923.
The hotel was no longer in operation when she was born, but her family lived there for many years.
McDaniel and his wife, Earline, now own and operate the hotel as a bed and breakfast.
“Miss Berta loved Nauvoo and the car show. In fact, the 1926 Cadillac she inherited from her father is entered in the show every year,” McDaniel said. “So we dedicated this year’s show in her memory.”
McDaniel said the car show is an annual fundraiser for the Nauvoo Historical Society, and proceeds will be used to help maintain the old Nauvoo Train Station Museum and Park.
“The first 150 people to register a car, truck, tractor, hot rod or motorcycles will receive a free T-shirt and dash plaque. We will also have lots of door prizes to give away,” McDaniel said.
Special trophies will be presented by 2014 Miss Walker County Sarai Ingle and 2014 Miss Alabama Caitlin Brunell, the daughter of retired NFL quarterback Mark Brunell.
McDaniel said entertainment will be provided throughout the day and food and drinks will also be available.
For more information about the 19th Annual Nauvoo Car Show, call McDaniel at 205-697-5652, Mary Carey at 205-697-5460 or Clowers Brothers at 205-924-9929.