River Valley Car Club prepares for the Ninth Annual Veterans Car Show at Mitchell Creek Park on May 28

River Valley Car Club prepares for the Ninth Annual Veterans Car Show at Mitchell Creek Park on May 28

BIG RAPIDS – Memorial Day weekend kicks off with the sound of roaring engines in Mitchell Creek Park.

The Ninth Annual Veterans Car Show will take place from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 28, hosted by the River Valley Car Club. Proceeds from the event will be donated to a variety of local charities, including AMVETS Post 1941.

Last year, the show gave away more than $2,500 to various charities: $1,000 went to AMVETS Post 1941, and $300 each went to five other charities.

Event organizer Duey Parsons said it was a “no brainer” to have the event support veterans.

“Probably over 50% of the guys in the club are all veterans,” Parsons said. “Most of us are Vietnam-era veterans. Unfortunately, we were the ones called the baby killers, and everyone spat at us. So now we get to pay it in advance to the veterans who come back. And because we’ve learned from our not-so-great experiences and aren’t appreciated for what we’ve done, we’re making sure these guys come back now that we’re showing appreciation for that, because it’s tough.”

More than 100 cars are expected at the show, and there will be a large number of awards and prizes for those who participate in the auto show. Awards include Best of Show, Top 20, Oldest Veteran, Youngest Veteran, The Most Likely to Get Pulled Over, and the Herb Parsons Memorial Awards award. The Herb Parsons Award is named after Duey Parson’s late father, who helped develop Ferris State’s auto and diesel programs.

In addition to the awards, everyone who enters the show with their car has a chance to win two Meijer gift cards worth $250. At the event, they can also buy more tickets for the gift cards. Parsons expressed his appreciation for all the companies that support the show.

“All the local businesses in this community have been extraordinary in helping and supporting us. Last year I felt they did an exceptional job because that was the end of the COVID. said Parsons. “Well, this year everyone has stepped up and we have more people and basically they’ve given us more money to run the show than last year. So the local businesses in the communities are very helpful in supporting us.”