VISALIA – Whether its older people sharing stories with the new generation about their first car, or people just marveling at modern customizations, car shows are a family fun event. This Saturday, May 18, the Visalia Breakfast Lions Club is hosting its 31st annual car show in downtown Visalia.
The event will feature over 300 cars lining Main St. between Willis and Johnson streets. It has more than doubled in size from the 150 cars that showed up to their first show in 1987 featuring cars, motorcycles, and trucks. Viewing will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and is free to the public.
Early arrivals will be able to participate in a pancake breakfast put on by the Visalia Boy Scouts from 7-10 a.m. using the group’s modified chuck wagon to cook the pancakes.
Spectators will have a chance to tour some of the shops in downtown Visalia. Live entertainment will be provided by all four Visalia high school jazz bands, each enjoying the spotlight for an hour. The blood mobile will be on site for those who wish to give blood.
People who would like to show their vehicles can still sign up. It is $30 for pre-registration, and can be done on the organizations’ website: www.visaliabreakfastlionis.org. The cost of entering goes up to $35 the day of the event. Cars will be able to arrive between 6:30-9 a.m.
“It has been a great event for downtown in year’s past, and we are expecting another good turnout this year,” said Craig Van Horn, chairman of the car show committee. “It’s a great time to bring the kids and expose them to history.”
All proceeds from this event go toward helping 30 local non-profit organizations including Happy Trails, Visalia Rescue Mission, Grace Homes, and others. They also give away scholarships for high school students.