Annual downtown Greenville car show continues to grow


By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 12:52 pm on Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Greenville Area Car show started 10 years ago as a way to attract people to and show off the city’s downtown. Since then it has quadrupled in size, bringing in car enthusiasts from all across the area. — Courtesy photo

GREENVILLE — When the Greenville Area Car Show held its first event 10 years ago, it was lucky if it had 50 cars line the streets.

A decade later, the show has quadrupled in size and draws car enthusiasts from throughout Montcalm County and surrounding areas.

“They draw a lot of cars,” said Fred Hoogerhyde, a Gowen resident who will be taking part in his third Greenville Area Car Show. “They have good sponsors and they do it right on Main Street.”

Hoogerhyde’s 2014 Chevrolet Corvette will be one of an estimated 200 old, new and everywhere in between cars on display during the show, which is scheduled for 6 to 8:30  p.m. Saturday on Lafayette Street.

Hoogerhyde will be joined by several other members of the Greenville Corvette Club, of which he is a member.

“There is a fair amount of camaraderie,” he said of taking part in the exhibit with his club members. “We can get some of the club members here and we can get 10 or 12. We just sit around and look at all the new cars.”

The Greenville Area Car Show will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday on Lafayette Street downtown. The show brought in nearly 200 cars last year and expects to eclipse that mark this year. — Courtesy photo

Registration for the event will take place at the show. The cost is $10 and with that will come a spot in the show and an entry in a drawing for a “prestigious award.”

The first 100 people to register will receive an original Greenville Area Car Show dash plaque and the first 200 people will receive a “goody” bag.

In addition to the hundreds of classic, one-of-a-kind cars, there will be food, games, a 50-50 raffle, music and more.

The event started 10 years ago as a way to attract people to and show off the city’s downtown.

“Several years ago, the Chamber was looking to add a couple of small-mid sized events that would highlight our beautiful, historic downtown and its unique shops and restaurants,” said Candy Kerschen, co-director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the event. “Brad (Harrington) and Blake (Hollenbeck) came to us with the idea of a car show, which was a great fit for us. Not only do our car enthusiasts discover, or rediscover, downtown Greenville, but they also get to experience what a friendly community we are, in a setting that is fun for the whole family.”

Harrington, who owns Brad’s Cleaners, and Hollenbeck, who owns Blake Hollenbeck Auto Sales, both remain involved in the show.

Call the Greenville Chamber at (616) 754-5697 for more information.

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