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April 22, 2012

In high gear

Main Street hosts Cruisin’ car show Saturday

DUNCAN — Cars, trucks and motorcycles lined Main Street in Duncan from Seventh to 12th streets for the fifth annual Cruisin’ the Chisholm Trail Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday.

In Saturday’s show, 156 cars and trucks were registered, along with 12 motorcycles. A few cars that showed up after registration closed were also allowed to show, although they weren’t judged.

The event is one of Main Street Duncan’s biggest events each year, bringing in vehicles from other states as well as Oklahoma. Tammy Johnson, Main Street Duncan director, said this year’s show turned out well and included a larger crowd than previous years.

“I’m excited the weather cooperated,” she said. “We got a lot of cars and people.”

The vehicles being judged were on the edges of Main Street, while vendors took up the center of the roadway. The rest of the space was filled with spectators.

This year’s best in show winner was David Gayanich of New Castle with a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air. Gayanich is a 1985 graduate of Velma-Alma High School.

Johnson said the event drew a good crowd, many of whom weren’t from the Duncan area.

“I think the crowd gets bigger every year,” she said.

Although the show took place Saturday, several activities took place Friday night. Among those events were the car cruise/ parade and the burnout, where cars spun their tires to see how much smoke they could create.

She said these events also were well attended. The car cruise has a larger turnout than last year and had a higher participation than the car show itself.

“It was awesome,” Johnson said. “We had 176 cars. That’s more than we had in the show.”

Last year, the car cruise had about 120 cars involved.

This year’s burnout had 18 vehicles participating, which was similar to the 19 that took part in the event last year.

When it came to the show, 48 awards were established, including prizes for everything from rat rods to low riders, from mini truck to modified street truck.

This year, Main Street chose to add a most unique tag award.

“The participants are excited about that,” Johnson said. “Most of them have custom tags.”

Johnson said car show feedback was overwhelmingly positive. She said people have gotten excited about the car show, and some have suggested she double the efforts, holding the event twice a year.

“Some of the participants would like to see it done again in the fall,” Johnson said.

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