Super Summer Weekend enlivens square

Super Summer Weekend enlivens square

CARLINVILLE (Aug. 2, 2018) – Carlinville square was the place to be over the weekend, with sidewalk sales and a variety of family-friendly activities, including Carlinville Rotary Club’s ice cream social, a performance by the Carlinville Municipal band, the Macoupin County Cruisers Car Show and the Imagine Rural Arts Chalk It Up sidewalk chalk art contest. In addition, Advanced Eye Care held a 5K race Saturday morning, and there were performances of The Little Mermaid by the Summer Repertory Theatre at Blackburn College Friday through Sunday.

For the chalk art contest, first-place winners in each of five age groups were as follows: age 6 and younger, Evan Hergenrother; ages 7-10, Charlie Harding; ages 11-15, Jillian McLaughlin; ages 16 and older, Bobbi Bates; and family, the Sullivans.

According to Dennis Pickrel, this year’s car show raised about $8,000 for the Carlinville school district’s CavPac organization and FFA. There is still some money coming in and some expenses that have to be paid, so a final total has not yet been calculated.

“We are thrilled with the turnout and looking forward to next year,” said Pickrel, who noted that there were more than 100 vehicles entered in this show — more than last year. “The weather was just perfect, and we got a lot of good comments about the event and about or community.”

Winners of the car show were as follows.

Best of Show: Joe Thyer, 1967 GTO.

Mayor’s choice: Eric Westphall, 1963 Impala SS.

Cars 1954-prior: David Bruun, 1939 Oldsmobile, first; and Jim tower, 1948 Plymouth, second.

Cars 1955-63: Roger Bradley, 1955 Oldsmobile, first; Eric Westphall, 1963 Chevrolet SS, second; and Brad Barkley, 1963 Corvette, third.

Cars 1964-74: Joe Thyer, 1967 GTO, first; Pat Hohmier, 1973 Ford LTD, second; and Jake Loveless, 1974 Trans Am SD, third.

Cars 1975-90: Dan Killam, 1978 Firebird, first; Rick McKee, 1987 Monte Carlo, second; and Dylan Rosentreter, 1979 Trans Am, third.

Cars 1991-2000: William Woodruff, 1999 Jeep, first; Bob Leamon, 2000 Trans Am, second; and Tom Nichols, 1991 Mustang, third.

Cars 2001-current: Mike Ashby, 2016 Challenger, first; John Dona, 2002 Corvette, second; and Larry Ricchiardi, 2013 Camaro, third.

Motorcycles: John Miller, 2014 Harley, first; J.C. McLaughlin, 2011 Harley, second; and Bob Ballinger, 1960 Cushman, third.

Trucks: Jeff King, 1955 Ford, first; Ed Gagnor, 1932 Ford, second; and Dick Knetzer, 1973 Kenworth, third.

Tractors: Bill Lange, 1954 AC WD, first; Wendell Armor, 3010 JD, second; and Clayton Kanakan, 1946 JD-A, third.

Rat Rod: Brian and Mary Huff, 1928 Ford, first; and Jerry Clevenger, 1949 Ford, second.



The fifth annual Imagine Rural Arts Chalk It Up sidewalk chalk art contest and the Macoupin County Cruisers car show, both held Saturday on the square, gave visitors a chance to view both a variety of showpiece cars and original chalk art.