Gather up the kids, warm up the family auto and take a nice drive to Dacca Park in Fife (2820 54th Ave. E.) on June 25 for the 11th annual Fife Family Affair Car Show. Admission is free and there are all kinds of things planned to keep all ages entertained for hours.
Fife Historical Society Managing Director Julie Watts was thrilled to come on board to co-manage the show with the Fife Parks Department this year. “I’m a car enthusiast, married to a classic and custom builder. I was beyond excited to get involved because the Car Show is right next to our History Museum. It’s a perfect fit,” she said.
This year’s show continues the legacy started by founder Walt Kaplan in 2006 of a family friendly celebration of car culture. The show is open to all “special interest vehicles,” which ensures a broad range of vehicles and participants with one thing in common: passion for the automobile.
“If you ask someone what their favorite memory is involving a ride in a car or a truck, everyone’s got at least one. Whether they got picked up by a truck to pick berries as a kid, or going to the drive-in, or that one road trip with a snowstorm, it’s so fun to hear those stories that make up of the fabric of life.”
New this year is the addition of a quirky event, a manual typewriting contest. “We’re possibly also doing a blind-folded engine part identification contest. I smile every time I tell someone that. That’s how I know it’s a good idea,” Watts remarked.
Sponsors like NW Custom Apparel, Les Schwab, Columbia Bank and The Meridian at Stone Creek are supporting the show this year, bringing professional audio, door prizes, a free caricaturist and food trucks. The Cossacks Acrobatic stunt motorcycle troop will also be performing their outrageous routine.
Ten dignitary awards and 20 “Fine Ride” awards will be given out at a slightly more formal awards presentation this year. Arguably the most special award given is the Top Gear Award in memory of late Fife City Councilman Dick Godwin. “He had just installed the lights in his new garage when he passed away. Councilmember Pat Hulcey had this huge trophy created and it is the perfect tribute,” Watts said.
One new award is the Prestige Award, with the winner chosen by headlining sponsor Fife Service & Recovery. With Watts having previously worked at the Fife Visitors Center and Chamber of Commerce, she had a lot of connection with local businesses and she knew there was an opportunity to invite them to get more involved in the show. “On the sponsorship form, one level included rights to hand out ‘a prestigious award.’ When it came time to order the trophies, I hadn’t thought of a real name for the trophy Fife Service & Towing would be giving out. But I looked up the definition of Prestige and it was ‘reputation or influence arising from success, achievement, rank, or other favorable attributes,’ so I decided not to change it,” she said.
Registration is $20 and registrants are welcome to pre-register by calling (253) 922-0900 or register at the show. Parking for show cars opens at 7 a.m. Spectators get in free and events kick off at 9 a.m.
“We are honored to be given this responsibility and are working hard to keep the Fife Family Affair Car Show an eagerly anticipated event for years to come,” Watts said.
For more information, visit the City of Fife Website at cityoffife.org/city-departments/parks-and-recreation/special-events/car-show or call the Fife History Museum at (253) 896-4710.