Gunnison Car Show weekend is Aug. 15-18 in, you guessed it, Gunnison, featuring a, you guessed it, car show, plus an art festival and a chainsaw carving demonstration all that same weekend.
Sponsored by the Gunnison Car Club, the 26th Annual Gunnison Car Show starts with a ‘50s-style cruise-in and music by Hillbilly Hellcats on Friday, Aug. 16 from 5-9 p.m. Four blocks of Main Street will be closed to regular traffic, where more than 150 show cars will be parked so they can be viewed by the public.
The car show runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at Jorgensen Park where you’ll find custom street rods, high performance sports cars, tricked-out pickup trucks and a variety of British cars, all parked together.
A youth division, food, music, games and contests are also on tap. An awards ceremony is held midday followed by a poker run through the streets of Gunnison and “Cars in the Stars” at Gunnison Valley Observatory later in the evening.
Five years ago, the Gunnison Car Show was one of only 20 out of about 3,000 car shows in the nation selected to present the Lee Iacocca Award each year. This year’s winner is Coloradoan Tammy Allen, philanthropist and owner of the Allen Car Museum in Grand Junction. Allen will bring four rare cars from her collection to the show, including a 2009 Ford Mustang 45th Anniversary Iacocca Special Edition, a 1957 Cadillac Series 62 Custom 2-Door Hardtop, a 1940 Ford Custom Deluxe 4-Door Sedan, and a 1947 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe Custom.
On Sunday, approximately 125 cars will leave Gunnison at 8 a.m. for the scenic 28-mile breakfast cruise to downtown Crested Butte. Elk Avenue will be closed to traffic so the cars can be viewed while their owners enjoy breakfast.
Admission to all car show events is free to the general public, but there is a registration cost for cars that are entered. The Gunnison Car Show donates net proceeds to community causes. For information, visit www.gunnisoncarclub.com or call 970-641-2249.
Meanwhile, ten wood carvers from several states will transform tree stumps into works of art with chainsaws over a three-day period in Legion Park, located across the street from Jorgensen Park. Themes selected by participating artists take shape from stumps collected by the City of Gunnison throughout the year when trees are cut down for safety reasons.
Participating wood carvers will create their masterpieces from 10 a.m. to dusk on Aug. 15, 8 a.m. to dusk on Aug. 16, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17.
The eighth annual Carvin’ Up Colorado wraps up with judging at 5 p.m. on Saturday. All works become the property of the City of Gunnison to display in Legion Park and other public areas around the community. To see some of the artists and creations from last year, go to
www.9news.com/video/1799252035001/1/USA-Pro-Challenge-riders-take-off-from-Gunnison. For information, contact John Messner at 970-901-6215.
The High Octane Arts & Crafts Festival will be held in conjunction with Carvin’ Up Colorado and the Gunnison Car Show on Aug. 17. The festival showcases arts, crafts and foods by more than 60 artisans and vendors from around the region and will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Legion Park. Call 800-814-8893 for more information.
Lodging and Activity Deals
From Aug. 16-29 at Three Rivers Resort in Almont, you can get two nights in a lodge room or a small one-room cabin and one Upper Taylor River whitewater raft trip for $100 per person (total, not per night) based on double occupancy. This deal also is available for a family of four with kids 12 and older staying in a standard mountain chalet. A Lower Taylor float trip can be substituted for families with kids under the age of 12. This package is not valid with any other offers or existing reservations, and lodging taxes are additional.
Three Rivers Resort also offers Build Your Adventure packages. Stay at Three Rivers for three or more nights and choose any two activities for $99: one-hour fly fishing clinic, rafting, inflatable kayaking, zipline tour, horseback ride, and stand up paddle boarding.
You can select additional activities for a 10 percent discount off regular rates. This offer is not valid for existing reservations or with any other offers and expires on Aug. 31, 2013. Taxes and fees may apply. To book either package or to inquire about the various lodging and activity options, call 888-761-3474 and visit www.3riversresort.com.
Scenic River Tours is offering an Inflatable Kayak & Rock Climb package that includes a two-hour class III inflatable kayak trip with 1 1/2 hours of climbing instruction for $100. New for this year is a Guided Power Boat Fishing on Taylor Reservoir, where a full day trip costs $450 for two people or a half day runs $400 for up to three people. All necessary gear is included to have a shot at landing trophy-size trout, pike and mackinaw. For more information and reservations, call 970-641-3131 or visit www.scenicrivertours.com.
To save on flights, hotel rooms, vacation packages, car rentals and more, call the Gunnison-Crested Butte Tourism Association reservation hotline at 888-559-0841 or go to http://book.GunnisonCrestedButte.com. For destination information, call 800-814-8893 or visit www.GunnisonCrestedButte.com.