With a successful history, the Heritage Square Car Show is back again for it’s annual autumn meet in Sulphur Springs. The Car Show set for Saturday November 4, 2017. Besides the competition factor, one main aspect of the meet is the fun and pure enjoyment by participants, spectators and organizers alike. For many, the Car Show also serves as a reunion of car enthusiast friends within the attractive, welcoming atmosphere of downtown Sulphur Springs.
Rita Edwards and her husband Eugene Edwards, have been downtown merchants since 1983 and they share a personal interest in car racing. Their business, Edwards Used Cars, is located just two blocks from Celebration Plaza at 211 Gilmer Street, and the Edwards’ are charter members of the Downtown Business Alliance. When the idea of adding a car show was brought up at a DBA meeting, the Edwards’ were the natural choice to head up the committee. It was organized using favorite ideas from car shows the Edwards’ were already attending, and from the first year the show has attracted close to 200 vehicle entries and countless spectators. Bringing the out-of-town and out-of-state visitors has also proven a profitable form of tourism for Sulphur Springs, boosting the local economy through sales in restaurants, hotels and shopping districts.
On November 4, cars will begin to arrive for registration as early as 8am, some driven by their owners and others towed on trailers. Each vehicle must maneuver under it’s own power into the assigned parking space around the downtown square. Some of the entries will be customized, some completely original, some completely restored and others partially restored or a work in progress. Besides cars, there are categories for trucks, street rods and foreign cars. About three dozen awards will be given to the top-scoring vehicles. Judging is done by a 6-person panel, with special recognitions voted on by spectators and other participants.
A few years ago, Car Show organizers began limiting entries to vehicles 1987 and older due to parking space. As Celebration Plaza and the downtown district expanded and was renovated, parking space was also re-configured. The trade-off has been a much more attractive and functional town square that locals and visitors enjoy. At this time, around 200 vehicles can still be displayed during the annual Car Show.
Vehicle entry fee is $20, and there is no admission fee for spectators. Judging begins at noon and awards are given at 3pm For more information, contact Rita Edwards at 903-885-1236 or 903 335- 0487.