Auto Fest to feature
wide range of vehicles
4th annual event moves
to La Granges Main Street
Helen E. McKinney
LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2003) Street rods have always
been Barney Barnetts passion. Among the ones he owns are a 44
Coupe, 60 Corvette, 64 Corvette, 69 Corvette, and
a 33 Ford, just to name a few.
I used to play with old cars and trucks before I could walk,
said the 60-year-old collector. Barnett has now turned his passion for
these modified automobiles into an annual event.
Classic 68 Camaro
On July 5-6, the Fourth Annual Barneys Auto Fest
will be held on Main Street in La Grange. From 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, patrons can browse among the variety of street
rods assembled around the courthouse and hunt for bargains at a swap
meet. Main Street, Second and Walnut streets will only be open to foot
There is a $15 registration fee for this open car show. More than 100
cars are already pre-registered, a number that supersedes last years
Rods will range from a 1929 T-Bucket to a 2003 Mustang, said organizer
Holly Johnson. Entrants are not just locals but travel from Louisville,
Indiana and Ohio, as well.
This is the first time for this event to be held on Main Street, said
Johnson. It was previously held at the Oldham County Fairgrounds in
conjunction with the swap meet. Registration for the swap meet is also
Barnett instigated the Auto Fest because of his love of automobiles,
said Johnson. After constantly being approached by people asking him
to put together such an event, he did. Johnson said the event has evolved
into a sort of get-together, Something nice for the whole family
Barnett said he has traveled to places such as Knoxville,
Cincinnati and Paducah to attend car shows. He said he sees this event
as nice to have in the county, in addition to being a unique
way to bring money into the community.
Cars will be judged on a point system and a safety inspection conducted
by a representative of the National Street Rod Association. Barnett
said it was always helpful to have another set of eyes looking
at our cars.
The National Street Rod Association is dedicated to safe street rodding
and backs it up with a program giving every street rodder an opportunity
to have their rod inspected. The associations voluntary Vehicle
Safety Inspection Program includes 23 different items ranging from lighting
systems to suspension.
Trophies and door prizes will be awarded. Different categories the cars
will be judged by include street rod original, pickup truck, imports
and an under construction class.
All registrants will receive a goody bag containing special coupon offers
from Main Street merchants. Linda Foster, owner of Christmas in Kentucky,
is participating in this event with Barnett. She said many merchants
would try to stay open with hours similar to the Auto Fest.
Although most shops are closed on Sunday, some may open for this special
event. Foster said it is very good exposure, and will be a lot
Foster said that when the National Street Rod Association holds an event
in Louisville, We get a lot of people staying in town in our hotels.
Its always kind-of fun to have the hot rods running around town.
This years 34th Annual Street Rod Nationals, the biggest street
rod event in the world, will be held July 31 and Aug. 1-3 at the Kentucky
Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville.
Johnson said 175-185 cars are expected to be on show in La Grange for
what has expanded into a two-day event. Other activities include a Saturday
night street dance on the square from 6 p.m. to 10 pm by the Majik Jack
Band. On Sunday a poker run is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
There will also be a 50-50 drawing, where the winning ticket receives
half of the jackpot and the other half either given away or used for
For more information or to register, call Barnett at (502)
222-7278 or Johnson at (502) 548-8760.
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