Tribune-Courier News Reporter
Benton and Aurora will each play host to a separate car-themed event this Saturday and coordinators are hopeful the economic impact will be bigger than if either had hosted the events on separate days.
Jessica Scillion, Benton Main Street Manager, said residents of Marshall County tend to leave on the weekends for bigger cities with bigger events, but it’s possible that since there will be two family-oriented events this Saturday locals will stay in the county.
“The economic impact of having both of these events on the same day could be huge,” she said. “It could bring in people that we haven’t seen in a long time. People tend to leave on the weekends, but maybe this will convince them to stay. We’re hoping people will make a day of these two events in Aurora and Benton. It could make a big impact considering they’re only a 20 minute drive from one another.”
Benton Main Street, the Benton City Council and the Metal Mafia Car Club are hosting the Benton Cruise-In from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on 11th and 12th streets in Benton. The streets will be closed allowing for the cars participating in the event to take advantage of the parking. The parking spots surrounding the Courthouse will also be reserved for the hotrods and sports cars registered as participants in the cruise-in. In addition to the classic cars, Scillion said there would be live entertainment. On Saturday, The Craig Russell band will be set up on 11th Street between City Hall and the Courthouse and will perform during the Benton Cruise-In event.
Registration to participate in the event begins at 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information call Lisa Peck at 270-791-1533.
Time to Shine Car Show
The Aurora event, the 7th Annual Time to Shine Car Show, is sponsored by the Kincannon family and will start at 8 a.m. at the Aurora Community Park.
Bonnie Kincannon said her family started the event seven years ago because there wasn’t much to do in Aurora in the spring and this was a way for people to get out and socialize.
“We’ve had as many as 125 cars enter the show and we’ve has as few as 25,” she said. “It all depends on the weather, because there is no registration fee – we just ask for donations. That money just goes to local charities.”
Kincannon said they don’t give out trophies at the car show either, but they do give out unique titles for special cars.
“The sheriff comes out and picks the car most likely to get pulled over and then a representative from the Aurora Ross Fire Department picks out the hottest car. Todd Dotson from Olive Baptist Church picks out the best resurrected and those are always just funny little prizes people like,” she said.
Kincannon said there were 80 to 100 door prizes from local merchants in Marshall and Calloway counties for registered participants.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. Show time is from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information call Kincannon at 270-354-8467.