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Car Show & Cookout to be held Nov. 16

By Staff | Nov 14, 2019

A husband and wife have shown their cars in the Knights of Columbus Car Show & Cookout in years past. The 2005 Ford Mustang belongs to Sharon Styborski and the 1933 Willys with a supercharged Hemi engine was built by her husband Leon. PHOTO PROVIDED

Stop by the Church of the Ascension for a day of cars, live music and a cookout, courtesy of the Knights of Columbus, to celebrate veterans and raise money for Disabled American Veterans.

Kenneth Platt said this is the third annual Car Show and Cookout that the Knights of Columbus has held. He said the leader of the Knights of Columbus is always looking for projects for them to raise money for charity.

“He and his wife thought of car shows two years ago,” Platt said, adding that they attended various car shows around the area and gathered information. “They decided, lets do a car show.”

Due to the Knights of Columbus pursing many fundraising efforts for veterans, they decided to hold the car show during the closest weekend to Veterans Day.

The Car Show & Cookout will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, in the parking lot at Church of the Ascension, 6025 Estero Blvd. Food and beverages will be served. Veterans and first responders eat free with proper ID.

There is no admission fee.

“We do the cooking. We have a big cooker outside and they make hot dogs and hamburgers,” Platt said.

The event will also feature live music and DJ Happy Jeff. There will be door prizes featuring gift cards from local businesses.

Those interested in showing their car are asked to call Hank for more information, or to reserve their spot, at 239-209-1009. It is $10 to register. Individuals can also register the day of the event.

Trophies are give for first, second and third place, which are voted by the attendees.

“They fill out a voting ballot and it goes in a ballot box. We count the ballots and it is by the number who got the most for first place. All the visitors get to participate and vote on which cars are going to win,” Platt said.

There are typically two or three dozen cars in the show.

“A lot of people have multiple cars,” Dee Platt said. “Some people have older cars in the 30s and 40s, and a Corvette club that brings out Corvettes. There is a tremendous variety of different years and styles. All these cars are still drivable. It is a really colorful show . . . bright yellow cars, orange. It is a colorful show with immaculate paint jobs on these cars. Even from a woman’s standpoint, it makes for an interesting and fun day.”