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Former Munster Here for Car Show
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Cars and trucks of every year and style imaginable took part in one of the largest Chillicothe Car Show Cruise Nights in history. The highlight of the event was Butch Patrick, who played Eddie in the classic television show The Munsters, and the Munster Koach from the show.

The 30th-annual Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show and preceding Cruise Night at the Courthouse for 2018 rolled around Friday and Saturday (July 20 & 21) with a special attraction both days. In addition to the hundreds of vintage and souped-up cars and hot rods, part-time Macon, Missouri, resident Butch Patrick, who portrayed Eddie Munster on the mid-1960s television situation comedy show "The Munsters," will be on hand both Friday and Saturday.


As an added feature, Patrick will - as he does at most of the similar summertime events at which he appears - have with him for display "tribute" editions of two vehicles seen on the still widely-viewed comedy show, the "Munster Koach" family car and "Dragula" roadster. Patrick headquarters himself at his grandmother's former home in Macon that he bought while he makes the summer circuit of heavily-attended car shows around the midwestern U.S. Both the actor and the vehicles at midday Friday will be featured at a "meet-and-greet" on the showroom floor at Max Curnow Chevrolet in north Chillicothe, just north of the Simpson Park site of the car show the next day. The personal appearance - and, presumably, opportunity to examine up close and be photographed with the vehicles and/or Patrick - will be from 11:00 a.m. until 3 p.m., according to car show chief organizer Kim Bloss of Chillicothe.

That event will serve as a prelude to the car show prelude - Friday evening's "Cruise Night at the Courthouse" when many or most of the preserved or restored vintage vehicles which will participate in the next day's show, plus perhaps some others, will cruise Washington Street (U.S. Highway 65) in mid-town. According to event promotional flyers, the actual "cruise" will begin at 7:30 p.m. from the south side (Jackson St. side) of the Livingston County Courthouse. Some of the vehicles will re-congregate around the courthouse square area after touring the downtown streets for a while.

Saturday (July 21) will bring the main event, the 2018 Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show - with Patrick and his TV vehicles on hand throughout, too - at wonderfully-shady Simpson Park in the north-central part of the city, immediately west of Washington Street (U.S. Highway 65).

Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Department director Josh Norris notes the park's thoroughfares - one of which might, informally, temporarily be redesignated Mockingbird Lane, in recognition of "The Munsters' fictional home address, 1313 Mockingbird Lane - will be closed to through traffic early Saturday morning and remain closed until about 4 p.m.

Exhibitors likely will arrive from the pre-dawn hours through mid-morning, with registration for prize competition open from 7-11 a.m. Those who pre-register will be eligible for an additional $600 cash drawing ($300 to winner, $200 to second, and $100 to third) which will occur after the show's 3 p.m. awards presentation. Pre-registrants must be present to win the cash, if their name is drawn. Show entries will compete for awards like "top 10," specialty plaques, dealer "picks," "cool" entries, and more, according to organizers. Judging will be done by non-participants.

Beyond the attraction of circulating past the beautiful and bromantic shiny old cars and trucks and visiting with the celebrity guest - all amidst the ambience of 1950s and '60smusic, those attending the show will be able to register for drawings for many "door" prizes and a 50-50 (split pot) cash drawing. There also will be games in which youths and adults can participate and food/drink concessions available from the Lions Club on the park grounds. In addition, vehicle "Pin Striping by Eric" will be available, along with a swap meet. For more information on the show, interested persons may visit its website or call Kim or Terry Bloss (660-214-0871), Arch Haslar (660-646-8159), or Bette Atwell (660-707-3185).



C-T Photos / Catherine Stortz Ripley

C-T - July 17, 2017 - Vehicles of many shapes, sizes and eras spread out far and wide throughout Simpson Park Saturday for the 29th annual Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show. There were 331 entries, exceeding initial projections. The traditional cruise night, which began and ended at the Livingston County Courthouse square, had 240 vehicles participating and a large crowd in attendance.

C-T Photos / Catherine Stortz Ripley

C-T - July 11, 2017 - An estimated 300 entries are expected for the 29th annual Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show this Saturday at Simpson Park. Categories include street rod, hot rod, custom, classic, car, truck convertible, wagon, special interest vehicle or motorcycle. Plaques will be presented to cool picks, 10 top picks, dealer picks and specialty selections. Several food vendors will be on site, including the Lions Club, the Masons and Cooksey's Kettle Corn. In addition to the show entries, the National Guard will be present with a couple vehicles. Now in its 29th year, the Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show has been held in shady Simpson Park since 1999.

This year's featured logo is that of the old Texaco station that was owned and operated by Bloss' father- in-law, the late Cledith Bloss. The image shows the station as it appeared in 1939. The station was located near the old Dairy Queen and near where Gaslight Realty currently is located. The logo is featured on the this year's commemorative T-shirt, and the shirts will be for sale during the show at the Outlaw Tee's shirt trailer.

Car show entries can register between 7 and 11 a.m. the day of the show. Awards will be presented around 3-3:30, with the show coming to a close around 4-4:30 p.m. Pin Striping by Eric will also be on site. Also during the show, there will be a 50-50 cash drawing, with half of the funds going to a lucky winner and the other half going to the city's parks department to be used as necessary to help preserve the park facility.

On Friday, the traditional Cruise Night takes place from 7 until 10 p.m. The downtown area will start being blocked off for the event around 5 p.m. The actual cruise begins around 7:15 p.m. with an expected 200 vehicles participating in the cruise. The cruise route will be the same as in years past. The route starts at the downtown square, travels to Locust Street south to Ann, then to Washington Street. The vehicles will travel north on Washington to Park Lane and through the Morningside Center parking lot. The vehicles will then travel Park Lane back to Washington Street, then north through the Baptist Home parking lot, returning on Washington Street and then turning west on Missouri Route 190. The vehicles will take Tomahawk to North Fair and on to the Indian Hills parking lot, before traveling south to Fairway and then back to Washington Street and then to the courthouse. If drivers wish to continue driving, they are encouraged to travel south to McDonald's and then return to the courthouse. Upon their return to the courthouse square, drivers can park wherever they like. The Chillicothe Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff's Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the National Guard will lead the procession. It is hoped that an old classic highway patrol car will be used to lead the cruise.

Food vendors present Friday night include Hy-Vee, Uprooted Kitchen, the Gilgours with funnel cakes, Cooksey's Kettle Corn, and possibly more. KCHI will provide music on the south side of the courthouse.

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