Counts Car Show draws cars of all sorts to Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The cold may drive people indoors this weekend so why not hang out inside the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center with some one-of-a-kind rides at the 20th Annual Counts Car Show.

They’ve got cars, cars and more cars on display Friday through Sunday in Rapid City, an event hosted by the Counts of the Cobblestone.

“We’re a car club that’s been in existence since 1957 and we meet every Tuesday,” said Gary Kreun, chairman of the Counts Car Show. “We’ve probably only missed a handful of meetings in all those years.”

Showing off classic muscle cars, junkyard finds and one-of-a-kind works of art, the car show lives up to the club’s motto, “Fun with Cars.”

“This show is for people who are not in our club, they come around in the region and some cars come from quite a ways away,” said President of the Car Club, Mark Zallar. “The cars you don’t get to see very often. This is a nice show, a real nice show in the middle of the winter.”

The show hosts lots of opportunities for the kids to rev up the fun.

“We have a make and take model program where kids can come in with a parent. We supply a model and kids can snap together and build while their parents work with them,” said Kreun.

They have 150 models available and the first 500 kids that arrive will receive their own Hot Wheels to take for a spin.

Friday, the cars roll in, get the final touch up and park through the Civic Center before the judging can begin.

Kreun says there are multiple things the three judges look for when it comes to a car show. “Fit, finish, cleanliness, you’re looking for just detail stuff everywhere,” said Kreun. “It’s amazing just how picky judges can get, they look down the sides with mirrors and look with little flashlights.”

The proceeds from the car show go directly to local charities. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 5 to 11.

The event is open Fri. from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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