Holy Smokers light off car show season on Saturday

An onlooker admires a classic car at the 2022 Big Mama's Show & Shine in Lampe Park. The show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13 at Lampe Park.

An onlooker admires a classic car at the 2022 Big Mama's Show & Shine in Lampe Park. The show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13 at Lampe Park.
Photo by Haley Estabrook.

It’s going to be a busy couple of weeks for Carson Valley vehicle enthusiasts.

On Saturday, the 10th annual Holy Smoker BBQ & Car Show is 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. across from Trinity Lutheran Church, 1480 Douglas Ave., in Gardnerville.

“This will be the Valley’s first car show of the year,” Organizer Richard Thomas said. “Last year we had over 90 cars in our church parking lot participating in the event.”

Sonny’s BBQ is providing the food and there will also be a local DJ providing the music.

The following weekend, Gardnerville’s Lampe Park will be packed with classic vehicles 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13 for the 21st Big Mama’s Show & Shine

The car show is conducted by The Young at Heart Senior Citizens Club, the nonprofit organization which raises funds to support the seniors of Douglas County.

“This show is our largest fundraising activity for the year,” said show committee member Laurie Monroy. “When the show began, it was held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. This tradition has continued, with the exception of a few years when we moved the show due to weather or other events.”

Monroy said there were around 200 classic vehicles in the park last year and that she expects a similar turnout this year.

The show is free to the public and awards are presented at 3 p.m.

“Our live band this year is the Melody Makers,” Monroy said. “We have approximately 10 food and beverage vendors supplying a variety of food, drinks and snacks. An area has been set aside for craft vendors, t-shirt sales, raffle prizes, and a booze barrow raffle. It is always a fun family event.”

To register or sponsor call Mike Damon at 949-633-1230 or email bigmamayah@gmail.com

The car show news will idle a couple of weeks until the 18th annual Rappin’ To Minden show 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 3 at Minden Park, sponsored by Northern Nevada Inliners Car Club.

All classic cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome to join the Inliners for a registration fee of $10.

To pre-register or for questions, call Margie Azzaro 775-846-4665, or Dennis Bargman 775-782-7074.

That same weekend, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Carson Valley Antique Tractor Show is scheduled for the Douglas County Fairgrounds, according to organizer Suzanne Schneider.

Hot August Nights is Aug. 1-6 this year and features a poker run that typically has lunch in Minden Park, which would be Aug. 3 this year.


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