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Sweet rides take over the town at Arbuckle Car Show, where Halloween adds to the flair
Best Hot Rod
1932 Ford Roadster, Steve Lockett
1937 Chevy Coupe, Mark Saltery
1950 Oldsmobile, Ray Sanlorenzo
1926 Dodge,Isabelle Sinnett
1937 Studebaker, David Sanders
1938 Ford, Luke Warmwater
Participants from Shasta to the Bay Area found their way to Colusa County on Sunday as 249 registered cars — along with a few that snuck in — lined the streets of downtown Arbuckle for the 11th annual Arbuckle Car Show and Depot Birthday Barbecue.
In addition to the show, there were 20 vendor booths offering food, clothing and other knick-knacks — not including The Dutch Bros. and Krispy Kreme Donuts.
Onlookers made their way from car to car through crowded streets as Yuba City band Jimmy and the Jets rocked the downtown stage with hits from the '50s, '60s and '70s.
"This was our third or fourth year we went. We like it. It's a nice little ride for the old car," said Ron Vicari of Carmichael. Vicari's 1938 Packard Sedan placed in the top 10 of the competition.
"If I could make any suggestions, it would be to give more people plaques. They enjoy that. There were some handmade trophies there, and people enjoy getting those because they're different," he said.
"We're planning on coming back. The time of year it is, everything is winding down. It's a nice way to spend a Sunday," Vicari said.
For those who failed to be captivated by the wood-bed pickups, straight-sixes, V-8s and hood scoops, there were other sources of entertainment available, albeit unscripted.
Just before 10:30 a.m., Wolverine of "X-Men" and a plastic katana-wielding ninja could be seen crossing blades, as costumed children gathered around the registration booth for the Halloween parade.
There were between 100 and 125 kids that participated.
"We were down a little bit from last year, but it was still an awesome costume parade," said parade organizer Mary Grimmer.
To further add to the excitement, tri-tip lunch was served at 11 a.m., which turned out to be a hit.
"We served over 800 lunches. We sold out of everything we had," said Debbie Charter, co-chairwoman for the event and president of the Arbuckle Revitalization Committee, which puts on the event.
The car show's luck with good weather in October continued, as blue skies and warm temperatures graced the event once again this year.
"Yesterday was just a picture perfect day," Charter said on Monday.
She noted that the north wind picked up toward the end of the day, but that all in all, there was nothing to complain about.
"I don't think we've ever had rain (for the car show) — knock on wood," Charter said.
The show was about the same size as last year's, which is good news for Arbuckle.
"Three years ago was our biggest year. Last year was about the same as this year. It's holding about the same. A lot of small shows are losing participants, but ours is holding. It's hard to explain, but people just love coming to our little community for this event."
CONTACT reporter Brian Pearson at 713-9519.