Slater Fall Fest features successful car show Saturday

Wednesday, September 30, 2009
(Sydney Stonner/Democrat-News)

After being rescheduled more than once, the third annual Steve McQueen Days car show was held Saturday, Sept. 26, as part of the town's fall festival.

Organizer and city councilman Terry Jordan said 46 cars were entered into the show, and he was pleased with the results.

"It went really well," he said.

Jordan said 30 trophies were awarded at the show, in nine different categories. All the money raised by the event will go toward the 2010 Steve McQueen Days, Jordan said.

Best in Show at the event went to Dick Brewer's 1934 Chevy Coupe. That car also received first place in the Street Rods category.

The award for longest distance traveled went to Frank Brown and his 2010 Camaro. That same car won first in the Modern category.

Vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintages line Main Street in Slater Saturday, Sept. 26, for the annual Fall Fest Car Show. (Sydney Stonner/Democrat-News)

Best of '68 went to Bruce Jones' 1968 Chevell. Jones' car also won first place in the '60s and '70s Modified class.

Tim Trimble's 1956 Corvette took first in the category for Corvettes.

Bob Newman took first place in the Vintage '30s and Older category with his 1931 Model A. In the '40s and '50s Modified class, Dan and Kay Robinson's 1955 Chevy Bel Air was the winner.

In the '30s and '40s Stock category, George Berkamp's 1940 Chevy took first. Dennis Forseman's 1970 Mustang won in the '60s and '70s Stock category.

Jordan said he appreciated area businesses that sponsored the car show.

Other events at Slater Fall Festival included a popsicle-eating contest, a parade, a talent show and a carnival. There were also numerous vendors selling food and trinkets along Main Street.

Slater Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith said the festival as a whole was very successful.

"We think it went fabulous," he said.

A total of about 6,000 people attended from Thursday through Saturday, which is about 1,000 more than last year, Griffith said.

Besides the car show, another big draw at the festival was a semi trailer full of monitors where visitors could watch Missouri veterans' stories, some of which were recorded in Slater's own City Hall.

"The Hometown Heroes was a great attraction," Griffith said.

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  • Wow- a 3 day festival and this is the only recognition it gets, 2 pictures of the car show. Hats off to Jenny as well, you did an awesome job organizing the entire Fall Festival.

    -- Posted by mizufan08 on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 1:50 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Would you be willing to tell us more about the festival? What was your favorite activity?
  • Sounds like the festival was great. Wish I could have been there.

    -- Posted by aen2012 on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 1:55 PM
  • I had an issue with the way things are run in Slater. It seems, and maybe my perceptions are off, but that when a last name is said at the baby contests and Mr. and Miss contests that that could possibly be what secured the win--- just a bit of advice-- next year I think the last names should be omitted from the introductions-- and if they are going to announce the names of parents and grandparents of some of the contestants -- I think they should announce it for everyone-- not just a couple in the same categories.

    -- Posted by workingmom on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 4:06 PM
  • Sure. I would have liked to of seen maybe some pictures of the local youth at the talent show- or some of them at the ham sale that was held Thursday night. Each night was something different. Friday night were baby contests, pageants, tons of childrens activities Saturday morning including a parade. Not to mention a huge carnival. Just thought I would see more pictures/coverage is all than just a 3 hour car show. But that's just me. My favorite was the finale parade on Saturday night- huge success!

    -- Posted by mizufan08 on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 8:50 PM
    Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
    Lots of activities piled up last weekend and we don't always have enough staffers to go around, but we'll try to cover the festival better next year. Thanks for the suggestions, too. If we know what people are most interested in, we can make assignments accordingly.
  • We had a great time all was handled well. Thanks to Jenny she did a great job with all the people. Mr. Griffith was supper as well.

    -- Posted by KW on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 9:57 PM
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