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C-T Photos / Catherine Stortz Ripley

C-T - July 17, 2017 - Vehicles of many shapes, sizes and eras spread out far and wide throughout Simpson Park Saturday for the 29th annual Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show. There were 331 entries, exceeding initial projections. The traditional cruise night, which began and ended at the Livingston County Courthouse square, had 240 vehicles participating and a large crowd in attendance.

C-T Photos / Catherine Stortz Ripley

C-T - July 11, 2017 - An estimated 300 entries are expected for the 29th annual Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show this Saturday at Simpson Park. Categories include street rod, hot rod, custom, classic, car, truck convertible, wagon, special interest vehicle or motorcycle. Plaques will be presented to cool picks, 10 top picks, dealer picks and specialty selections. Several food vendors will be on site, including the Lions Club, the Masons and Cooksey's Kettle Corn. In addition to the show entries, the National Guard will be present with a couple vehicles. Now in its 29th year, the Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show has been held in shady Simpson Park since 1999.

This year's featured logo is that of the old Texaco station that was owned and operated by Bloss' father- in-law, the late Cledith Bloss. The image shows the station as it appeared in 1939. The station was located near the old Dairy Queen and near where Gaslight Realty currently is located. The logo is featured on the this year's commemorative T-shirt, and the shirts will be for sale during the show at the Outlaw Tee's shirt trailer.

Car show entries can register between 7 and 11 a.m. the day of the show. Awards will be presented around 3-3:30, with the show coming to a close around 4-4:30 p.m. Pin Striping by Eric will also be on site. Also during the show, there will be a 50-50 cash drawing, with half of the funds going to a lucky winner and the other half going to the city's parks department to be used as necessary to help preserve the park facility.

On Friday, the traditional Cruise Night takes place from 7 until 10 p.m. The downtown area will start being blocked off for the event around 5 p.m. The actual cruise begins around 7:15 p.m. with an expected 200 vehicles participating in the cruise. The cruise route will be the same as in years past. The route starts at the downtown square, travels to Locust Street south to Ann, then to Washington Street. The vehicles will travel north on Washington to Park Lane and through the Morningside Center parking lot. The vehicles will then travel Park Lane back to Washington Street, then north through the Baptist Home parking lot, returning on Washington Street and then turning west on Missouri Route 190. The vehicles will take Tomahawk to North Fair and on to the Indian Hills parking lot, before traveling south to Fairway and then back to Washington Street and then to the courthouse. If drivers wish to continue driving, they are encouraged to travel south to McDonald's and then return to the courthouse. Upon their return to the courthouse square, drivers can park wherever they like. The Chillicothe Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff's Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the National Guard will lead the procession. It is hoped that an old classic highway patrol car will be used to lead the cruise.

Food vendors present Friday night include Hy-Vee, Uprooted Kitchen, the Gilgours with funnel cakes, Cooksey's Kettle Corn, and possibly more. KCHI will provide music on the south side of the courthouse.

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