Seymour’s 17th Annual Cars and Guitars car show and free concert this Saturday

SEYMOUR – The 17th annual Cars and Guitars car show and the free concert are Saturday in downtown Seymour from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The car show typically draws around 200 vehicles of various makes and models. So far more than 150 people already have preregistered for this year’s show.

Admission to the car show and the concert by Elvis tribute artist Tyler Christopher is free.

While no awards are given during this show, the $20 registration fee includes a T-shirt and a chance to win door prizes, and the first 250 vehicles will receive a dash plaque. All makes and models are welcome. T-shirts will also be available for purchase for $15.

On Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. the following downtown streets will be closed to parking and traffic until 8:30 p.m. Chestnut Street from US 50 to Third Street., West Second Street from Pine Street to Indianapolis Avenue, Third Street from Walnut to Chestnut streets, St. Louis Avenue from Walnut Street to Indianapolis Ave. and West Second Street from Pine Street to Walnut Street beginning at 10 a.m.

Seymour High School’s Owl Manufacturing created this T-shirt design for the 17th annual Cars and Guitars car show and concert.

To preregister, call Shawna Boas at 812-216-1112 or Darrin Boas at 812-216-8131. Checks should be made payable to Cars and Guitars Inc.

Preregistered parking will start at noon in front of the Jackson County Public Library with parking for day-of-show registrants to follow.

There will be lots of door prizes including A Stroll Through Seymour with a value of $500. It features gift certificates from downtown businesses, including $100 from Vat and Barrel and $100 from Rails Craft Brew and Eatery, a set of tires from Seymour Tire and Service valued at $400, bicycles from Guardian Bikes, and more.

The shirts and a silent auction will be located at Second and Chestnut streets, and that’s also where people will pick up door prizes.

Elvis tribute artist Tyler Christopher will perform at the event. The concert is from 6 to 8 p.m. on a stage set up on South Chestnut Street near JCBank. People are invited to bring their lawn chairs. In the event of bad weather, the Elvis tribute concert will be held at the Knights of Columbus.

The concert is sponsored by FPBH Inc., Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 655, Schneck Medical Center, and Old National Bank.

Food trucks will be set up at Burkhart Plaza and downtown restaurants and businesses are being encouraged to remain open.

Proceeds from Cars and Guitars are used to purchase handicap-accessible playground equipment for Seymour parks. Since the event’s inception, more than $90,000 has been raised to buy equipment. The group hopes to raise $11,00 money to purchase a child and adult wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round.