Show ‘n Shine lines the streets of GraniteVisitors get a taste of the quaint little town BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Granite Falls’ main streets are usually quiet and serene with cute shops and kind people waving at you as you walk by. However, last weekend the streets were lined with roadsters, Model T’s, hot rods and all kinds of supped up vehicles from days gone by to the present.
With over 130 entries in this year’s event, Show ‘n Shine catered to the crowds with great music and a festive flare.
Sam and LeeAnna Walker, who are antique car buffs themselves, coordinated the event again this year and were happy to see the amount of people not only entered in the show but also stopping by to get a taste of what Granite Falls has to offer.
“The point is to promote business in Granite Falls,” LeeAnna said.
While folks could stop and look at the cars and motorcycles and also visit a few vendors, all food had to be purchased at local restaurants. Attendees could also purchase all kinds of raffle tickets with the proceeds going back into Granite Falls.
“The proceeds go to Granite Falls High School Scholarships,” she said.
The show’s actual entrants differ from first time restorers to car lovers who buy old, fixed up vehicles and take care of them with tender loving care.
Bill Jernigan entered his restored 1969 Ranchero GT in Show ‘n Shine, which is one of several shows he has entered over the years.
“It’s something to do,” he said. “I’ve taken home quite a few awards.”
Jack Fintz’s 1962 Ford Galaxy 500 Sunliner convertible was sparkling, even with the few drops of rain that was falling on it.
“It’s kind of a survivor,” he ex plains. “It’s all pretty much original.”
Fintz purchased the car in Everett from an older woman who drove it for 20 years after she purchased it from another woman who owned it only six months.
“I’ve always been interested in cars,” he said.
Some owners spent years fixing up their cars like Sven Forsell from Everett. He entered his 1964 Impala Supersport which took him over five years to restore. When he purchased the car it was in terrible condition, he even has the photos to prove it.
“I did it with family and friends,” he explained. “Body work I’m not that great at, I like the engine work. It’s a chore but it’s a lot of fun.”
Fun is the reason eight-year-old Christopher Nolen, from Arlington, came to the show with his grandpa.
“They have a lot of good engines,” he said.
His favorite car was the red Viper he decided after much hesitation.
“It’s like the coolest,” he said.