Big Mama’s early registration ends May 1 |

Big Mama’s early registration ends May 1

by Caryn Haller
Inviting the public to attend the annual Big Mama's Car Show are classic car owner Ken Harper, right, with his 1929 Ford, Mike Schiller, owner of Golden Nugget Automotive and Douglas County recreation specialist Sheri Karosich.
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What’s better than spending a day showing off your classic car to hundreds of people? Showing it off while raising money for the Meals on Wheels program.

The 14th annual Big Mama’s Show & Shine is May 10 at Lampe Park. The gates open at 8 a.m., with judging starting at 10:30 a.m. and awards presented at 3 p.m.

The Meals on Wheels program provides a week’s worth of frozen meals, a gallon of milk, snacks and fresh fruits and vegetables to seniors in town, and two weeks worth of food to seniors in Topaz Ranch Estates. Indian Hills and Stateline.

Douglas County Senior Services requests a donation of $3 per meal, however it is not required.

“Some are able to pay and some aren’t. We don’t refuse service to those who are unable to pay,” said Sheri Karosich, recreation specialist. “For some seniors this is the only meal they have.”

Organizers hope to raise $15,000 this year to help provide more than 40,000 meals to homebound seniors.

“That’s just a drop in the bucket. That would pay for a quarter of a year,” Karosich said. “It’s a program that’s always in need.”

Last year, 138 cars registered for the show, but there is room for 200. There are 21 categories to register under.

“I like the old Ford Model T’s,” Karosich said of her favorite cars. “They were the first types of cars available, and to me they look historic. It’s what you see in the old pictures of Douglas County.”

First and second place trophies will be awarded in all categories, plus a best of show, participants choice and kids choice.

Judging in the following five areas will be: interior, paint, chrome, engine and trunk. Registration costs $45 on or before May 1. After that it goes up to $55. Organizers will take registration until 10 a.m. the day of the show.

Along with the car show, there will be a raffle, bounce house and food vendors. Raffle prizes include stays at Eldorado Casino, Mont Bleu, Atlantis and Tahoe Ridge, spa passes from David Walley’s, sight seeing cruises, golf packages and more.

“It’s a great cause, a great day and a lot of fun,” Karosich said. “We try to make it fun for the whole family. It’s not just car people competing against each other.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For further information, call Karosich at the Douglas County Senior Center 783-6455.