MARQUETTE - As part of Seafood Fest, 150 cars of various makes, models and years lined up Saturday in Mattson Park for the Show and Shine Car Show.
Visitors to the event got to check a wide variety of cars, old and new, at no cost. Even those participating in the show paid no registration fee. Some of the vehicles came from as far away as Wisconsin.
But the show almost didn't happen this year. Earlier this summer when Natalie Patovisti and Kathy LaJeunesse, both of Marquette, heard that the show might not go on, they knew they had to do something.
Joe Drobney of Marquette poses with his ’57 Ford Fairlane hardtop convertible at the Show and Shine Car Show at the annual Marquette Rotary Seafood Festival Saturday. He was wearing an original Texaco gas station attendant’s uniform he was given by Gordy Yates, a longtime station owner in Marquette. (Journal photo by Dave Schneider)
"We just couldn't let it die. We think its such a good draw for West Rotary," Patovisti said. "And it's a fun thing, you meet a lot of nice people."
So the two spent the next few weeks scrambling to save the show and with the help of local businesses, they put together prize packages.
"The businesses were just exceptional with their prizes," Patovisti said.
The show will return again next summer and will also be allowing motorcycles to enter, but there will still be no registration fee for those looking to participate.
"Next year it's going to be even better, but it's still going to be free," Patovisti said.
Both were pleased with the turnout and the weather.
"It's a great use of the park," LaJeunesse said. "And it's a beautiful day."
Claire Abent can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her e-mail address is cabent@miningjournal. net.