(Carson City, Nev.) ? One of Carson City’s hottest events returns for its 14th year, the Silver Dollar Car Classic, on Aug 1-3. The annual event broke participation records last year with more than 300 show cars. Organizers hope to fill Mills Park with 400 cars this year.
The automobile celebration starts with a party on Thursday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at the Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. The public can get a sneak peek and entrants can size up the competition during the Show ?n Shine. The party includes 1950s-priced food, drinks and rock ?n’ roll music.
The Friday night street dance features the Route 66 band and Show ?n Shine in the Carson Nugget’s west parking lot from 7-11 p.m. On Saturday, the official Show ?n Shine contest runs from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. Mills Park will also host food vendors, craft shows and music throughout the day. Also, a replica Abbott Downing stagecoach will provide rides all day Saturday, powered by real horsepower – four paint horses.
The “Wild West Million Dollar Poker Run” kicks off Sunday’s activities. The country’s only $1 Million Poker Run features Nevada Gunfighters to give participants a taste of the Old West. The best poker hand winner gets the chance to win $1 million by hitting a hole-in-one at Empire Ranch Golf Course. The Poker Run is from 8 a.m.-noon and is open to the general public. Entry fee per vehicle is $5.
Following the Million Dollar Poker Run, Empire Ranch Golf Course hosts the Millard’s Great Fixins’ BBQ from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Mills Park. The Show ?n Shine awards ceremony, including categories like “Most Likely to get Busted”, “Fat Cat” and “Flamin’ Freeway” begins at 1 p.m.
A full package entry fee is $65; rates go to $75 after July 18. The package includes the kick-off party at the Nugget Casino, street dance, Show ?n Shine competitions, an official t-shirt and dash plaque, two pancake breakfast tickets for Saturday, two barbecue dinner tickets for Sunday, admission for one to the Poker Run and a welcome packet from Silver Dollar sponsors.
For more information or to register, visit www.SilverDollarCar.com or call 775-687-7410. To learn more about Carson City’s accommodations and other activities, visit www.VisitCarsonCity.com.