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The Corvette Lovers Vette Club held its 8th annual Yellow Creek Park Car Show on Saturday, with about 100 cars on display.

Club president Debbie Johnson said the show was being held at the park to support the local park system and attract spectators to the area.

“That’s a big part of why we’re here,” she said. “There was a club hosting the show before we took it over eight years ago, and the park just wanted it to continue, so our club decided to take on the challenge, and we’ve been doing it ever since.”

Due to the chance of rain on Saturday, Johnson was concerned about the potential for low attendance. But that turned out not to be a problem, as there was a strong turnout.

“Today we get 100 cars, and I was celebrating,” she said. “Normally we will have between 100 and 200 cars on a nice sunny day.”

Although organized by the Vette Club, the show is open to all makes and models of vehicles.

“Obviously Corvettes are welcome, and we all have a thing for Corvettes, but we have all brands,” Johnson said.

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Johnson said his favorite part of hosting the show was interacting with the people watching.

“We all have something in common, which is the love of our cars and our appreciation of cars, whatever they are,” she said. “Walking around, talking to people and enjoying the day together is my favorite part.”

Jerry Main was showing his 2012 Ford Roush Mustang at the show for the third time, but he’s been showing his car at shows for 11 years and is president of the Mustang Mafia of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

Auto show attendees had the chance to have their vehicles judged in different categories: first, second and third by decades; 50 best; Best in Show; and the club’s commemorative trophy.

Judges base their scores on four components, including exterior, interior, engine compartment and chassis/undercarriage.

In recent years, there has only been one Best in Show winner. But this year the Vette Club decided to have a winner for older and newer models. Dan Buckman’s 1951 Chevrolet Truck and Aaron Stiles’ 2005 Ford GT won Best in Show honors.

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