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‘On The River Car Show’

2010 Best of Show winner
returns to Vevay car competition


By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

VEVAY, Ind. (September 2011) – Jerry Horine has had the same hobby for more than 50 years. His interest in cars, especially Chevys from the 1950s era, has led him to enter numerous car competitions within the last several years.
His prize possession is a red 1957 Chevy. Since he was a teenager, “I’ve wanted a ’55 Chevy,” said Horine, 69. “But, I couldn’t afford it.”
After finally reaching a financial position in life where he could afford to make his dream come true, Horine purchased a long anticipated 1957 Chevy. “Now I’m in the process of buying another car, a ’55 Chevy,” he said.

1957 Chevy

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Jerry Horine loves to enter his
1957 Chevy in car competitions.

Horine hopes to enter both cars on Sept. 17 in the On The River Car Show held at Ogle Riverfront Park in Vevay, Ind. There is no admission charge to the public, but competing car owners must pay a $20 registration fee. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 12:30 p.m. The show is expected to end at 5 p.m.
Horine has been entering car competitions for the last three years and this will be the second time he has competed in the On The River Car Show. Last year he placed Best of Show. He has entered shows in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. and Indianapolis, Ind., but said, “This is one of the best shows in Indiana.”
Horine, who resides in Louisville, said the atmosphere in Vevay is “absolutely gorgeous.” For this reason, the car show is “quite different from most car competitions.”
He said that when compared to parking lots where most similar car events are held “the setting is better than most.” Another plus is that “the people who run the show are organized and accommodating.”
Mike Bear and Floyd Canada have organized the On The River Car Show for the last four years. “I show cars myself with a friend,” said Bear.
Cash prizes of $100 will be awarded every hour beginning at 1 p.m., and five $100 drawings will be awarded at 4 p.m. There will be door prizes, raffles, a 50/50 drawing and giveaways. A special giveaway will be a gas grill that resembles a Chevy motor. “This is a really rare giveaway,” said Bear. Another giveaway will be a child-size pedal car.
Awards will be given out at 4:30 p.m. in this open show competition in the categories of Best of Show, Best Ford, Best G.M., Best Mopar, Best AMC, Best Foreign or Import, Best Unfinished, Best Late Model, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, Best Street Rod, Best Rat Rod, Best Antique, Best Motor, Best Paint, Ladies Choice, a Club Participation Award and three memorial Awards.
Car models from 1901 to 2010 can be entered. The rain date is Sept. 18, and the competition will be held that day rain or shine. Something new this year will be “a feature of all the Best of Show winners,” said Bear.
Proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Kosairs Children’s Hospital in Louisville and the American Diabetes Foundation.
Bear expects between 250-300 cars to show up for this competition. Food and drinks will be provided by the Fraternal Order of Police No. 174, Decisions Catering and Jeff Craig Fire Department. Fire and rescue vehicles will be on display all day, as TC Fairline and Rocking Renee will be playing the oldies.
Bear said he is “a big car fan. I’ve had lots of different cars.” He enjoys redoing old cars also. Many times his four sisters, one brother, mother and father attend shows and help, all interested in collectible car events.
Sponsors for On The River Car Show include the Switzerland County Council, Vevay Town Council, Switzerland County Tourism and Dow Corning. Last year 301 vehicles were entered.

• For more information on the On The River Car Show, contact Mike Bear at (812) 427-2789 or Floyd Canada at (812) 427-2659.

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