Kitchell Park in Pana will be a busy place on Saturday, June 29, highlighted by the 58th annual Pana Open Car Show and Swap Meet. Forecasters are calling for cooler and less humid weather for Saturday, unlike the 90-plus degrees of last year.
Registration for the event is from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. There is a $10 entry fee for each vehicle which includes a participants plaque. No judging will take place as every entry is a winner.
However, there will be three awards given at the conclusion of the event. At 3:00 p.m., the “Mayor’s Choice Award” will be given by Pana Mayor Steve Sipes. It includes a $50 prize. Also, the host Pana Chamber of Commerce will award a “Chamber of Commerce Choice Award,” which includes a $50 prize. There is also a “Pana Elks Lodge Choice Award” with a $50 prize. Entrants must be present to win those three awards.
The third annual Swap Meet for car and truck parts will be held during the show. Spaces will be available for $10 for pre-registration, or $15 on the day of the event. Janet Blue is the Swap Meet Chairman and she may be reached at 217-562-4240 for information.
The Pana Chamber is also sponsoring a 50/50 drawing during the event. The proceeds will go to the Roseland Theater Restoration Fund.
In addition, the Chamber has been selling raffle tickets for a golf cart which has been displayed around town over the past several months. The winner will be drawn at the conclusion of the car show awards ceremony.
Tickets for the cart and the 50/50 raffle will be available the day of the show.
In conjunction with the Car Show, Pana Elks Lodge 1261 will sponsor a Motorcycle Show at the same time.
Like the Car Show, there will be a $10 entry fee. Proceeds will go to Elks charitable works in the area.
Four awards will be presented at the conclusion of the show. They are the “Mayor’s Award,” “Elks Award,” Chamber Award” and “People’s Choice Award.”
Contact Darrell Swisher, 820-0858 for more information.
Two other activities are scheduled for the day in the park. One of them is the “Kings of Kitchell Park” 4-on-4 basketball tournament. Play begins at 9:15 a.m. on the Kitchell Park basketball court.
The tournament is open to men 16 years of age and older. The entry fee is $50 per team and there will be cash pay-out for the first and second place teams.
For more information on the tournament, contact Joe Dudra, 827-3877, or Matt Kessler, 246-4242.
Miss, Mister Firecracker–
Saturday is also the day a new Little Miss and Mister Firecracker of Pana will be selected. Sign-up begins at 4:00 p.m. with the pageant beginning at 5:00 on the stage of the Kitchell Park Chautauqua Auditorium. Proceeds benefit the ALS Foundation. Children ages one through nine are eligible for the contest. Contact Debbie Laker 320-2537 for more information.
The group will also be selling BBQ sandwiches, chips and drinks starting at 6:00 p.m. Donation is $5. There will be a cake walk, a 50/50 drawing and dessert for $1.
Entertainment will begin at 7:00 p.m. on the auditorium stage featuring the Larry Warren Band.
All of the activities are free and open to the public on Saturday.