2017-07-13 / Front Page

Mustang Show To Be This Weekend

By Erich T. Doerr

The Mackinaw City Mustang Stampede Car Show will return to the village for the fourth consecutive year Saturday, July 15. This year’s show will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Straits State Harbor parking lot adjacent to Conkling Heritage Park on South Huron Avenue. The main display will be followed by a parade featuring all the Mustangs driving across the Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace and back.

The Mustang Stampede show began in 2014 to tie in with the 50th anniversary of Ford’s popular pony car, and its success assured the event would be an annual tradition in Mackinaw City. The Mackinaw Area Visitors Bureau organizes the event.

“I like the cars,” event coordinator Becky Yoder said. “We get a wide variety of different year Mustangs… It’s a fun day.”

Registration for the car show is $60 per car. The fee includes a commemorative T-shirt and a token for the bridge parade. Owing to the size of the parking lot, the show is limited to 130 cars for Saturday’s display and it is expected to fill up this year. Mrs. Yoder said last week that 99 cars had already registered at that time. Registration will be available through Friday, July 14, with some additional ones possible Saturday morning if space is available. Participants can check in or register for the show at the state harbor parking lot from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and again from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday before the display begins. All cars need to be checked in and on display by 9:45 a.m.

The show’s parade across the Mackinac Bridge will begin with all the Mustangs being lined up in the parking lot for the crossing at 4:15 p.m. The parade will start at about 4:30 p.m., with the muscle cars using South Huron Avenue, East Central Avenue, and North Nicolet Street on the way to crossing the suspension bridge. Once the cars reach the Upper Peninsula, their route will loop them through downtown St. Ignace before they return across the bridge to Mackinaw City. There is no set route for the return crossing.

The show will feature a number of evening activities once the Mustangs return to Mackinaw City. A beer tent and live music will be available in Conkling Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission to the tent is free and open to the public. A barbeque dinner will also be available at the park starting at 5:30 p.m. exclusively for show participants. The car show awards will be given out at 7 p.m. The awards this year will include honors for best of show, people’s choice, the participant who travelled the furthest, the car club with the most participants, and three categories of honors based on model year.

A new feature of this year’s show will see raffle prizes given out throughout the show Saturday. This year’s car show will solely focus on the Saturday display, removing the smaller Sunday display featured in the past that drew few participants.

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