ORAN - Things have changed since the first Oran Car Show 10 years ago.
"In the first one, we only had 39 cars entered and it rained all day," noted Ed Evans, Chamber of Commerce president. "The second year it went up to close to 100 and has been growing ever since."
Last year, a total of 231 vehicles were registered for the show. And Evans is expecting over 200 participants again this year. "We just have to see what the weather does," he said.
The location of the show has also changed. The first was held in town, but moved to the Tilles Memorial City Park on Greer Street due to the high participation the next year, according to Evans.
This year's Oran Car Show, sponsored by the Oran Chamber of Commerce along with Stockade Buildings and Animal Nutrition Center, will be at the same location this Saturday.
Check-in is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and trophies presented at 4 p.m. The entry fee to show vehicles is $10 and two cans of food for the needy, which will be donated to the Baptist Church in Oran.
Of course, people not participating in the events are still welcome to come out, look and have a good time. "There's no entry fee for people who are just looking around," Evans said.
And the show isn't just for cars. There are also categories for trucks and motorcycles to participate.
There are 48 different classes, and three trophies will be given out in each, according to Evans. There are also seven specialty categories: best of show car, best of show truck, best of show motorcycle, best paint, Chamber's choice, mayor's choice and president's choice.
The Oran Car Show is one of the area's largest shows, with people and vehicles traveling from Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky to participate.
The car show is also a family event. The Chamber strives to have something for everyone to either participate or be interested in at the show, Evans said.
There is a model car contest for kids to bring in cars they put together. "That goes over pretty well," Evans said. "The kids really enjoy that.
A muffler rack-off contest, where the trucks rev up their engines and are judged for the best-sounding muffler, is scheduled, as well as a hydraulics show. The one that does best gets the trophy, Evans said.
The SEMO Shriners Clowns of Sikeston are scheduled to be at the show, in addition to a remote car demonstration and a blow-up car.
Attendance prizes will be given away throughout the day, as well as a trailer donated by Jerry James Trailers.
Of course, there will be plenty of food available during the event. The Chamber of Commerce will sell bratwurst, barbecue pork steaks and hamburgers throughout the day, according to Evans.
The Baptist Youth Group will run the soda stand for the Chamber this year to help raise money for an upcoming trip. "We're going to make a donation to them," Evans noted.
In the past, people who came to the car show have also had plenty of yard sales to visit while in Oran. Evans expects the same this year. "I've heard of a lot of them having yard sales," he said. "It will probably turn into a citywide yard sale."