SHERIDAN — One of the most anticipated events of the Sheridan Springfest is the car show.
This year, 158 cars were registered and 180 cars actually showed up.
For the last 12 years, Sheridan resident and volunteer firefighter Buddy Deacons Jr. has organized the event. However, this year the Memorial Weekend event took on a completely different tone for Deacons.
Deacons’ father, who never missed entering his car show, died May 22.
“The Friday before he passed away, dad was in his kitchen helping me with 1,500 fliers,” Deacons said. “Dad always supported the car show and he was always the first one there.”
Ladies Auxiliary member and Springfest volunteer Sue Mocherman received the news on Tuesday night.
“I got a call from Buddy telling me about his father,” Mocherman said. “He explained that he was going to have someone take over for him, which was totally understandable.”
During the weekend festival, Deacons is the one who gets the barrels out and sets up the roads each day and evening for the Ladies Auxiliary.
“When I called, I was trying to get someone to take it over for me this year.” Deacons said. “There was just so much going on and I was hoping it would rain.”
Though the upcoming visitation and funeral services set for Friday during Springfest, Deacons felt he should do what his father would want him to do.
“Obligations, I have done it every year,” he said. “I didn’t want the show to go into the ground and I got thinking it was what my dad would want.”
If Deacons was going to run the show, he was going to run it as if his father was part of it. He was going to make sure his father’s 1955 Crown Victoria was in the show.
The night before the car show I got thinking and stayed up most of the night and I just did not feel right without having dad’s car there,” he said. “So a couple of the girls and my best friend’s niece washed it up for me.”
Deacons, having a tough time sitting behind the wheel of his dad’s car had his boss, David Eller, drive the car to the show for him.
“I just couldn’t drive it,” Deacons said.
The Crown Victoria has been entered in car shows throughout the state and Deacons plans on continuing.
“When I was growing up my dad would take me to a lot of car shows and a lot of swap meets,” Deacons said. “We plan on entering the car in other shows this year.”
Deacons and the family came up with an idea for storing the Crown Victoria by placing it in a new building Deacon’s father was working on for his mother.
“The night before he died he was pouring cement for a tool shed he was making my mom,” Deacons said. “We decided we would make it a bit bigger and house the Crown Victoria there in honor of him.”