Three Rivers Fire District Car Show coming back to Main Street

| July 12, 2021

The Three Rivers Fire District Car Show is back on for Saturday, July 17. New this year is music by their own disc jockey and the Main Street Cruise after the show. (File)

The Three Rivers Fire District Car Show is back on for Saturday, July 17. New this year is music by their own disc jockey and the Main Street Cruise after the show.

“We didn’t feel comfortable asking businesses for donations with the financial hardships of last year. We’re furnishing prizes along with O’Reilly Auto Parts, who will be donating the trophies and also some prizes,” Fire Chief Lynn Powelson said. “Future Leaders 4-H Club will have a food stand, and we also encourage people to eat at local restaurants on Main Street while they are here.”
Powelson said they are overwhelmed with the support from Coshocton County firefighters and all the support from the Coshocton community.
“We held the first car show in 2019, and it worked out well. Everyone enjoyed themselves. It will be a little different this year,” Powelson said.
Registration will start at 1 p.m. and go until 4 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 5 p.m. Cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. There is a $10 entry fee per vehicle, but the Main Street Cruise after the show is free.
“We are working with the downtown and the farmers market to be open later. We will not be awarding as many trophies as we did the past year, but we hope to see everyone at this year’s show,” Powelson said.
“We are working with Three Rivers,” said Andi Ellis, Our Town Coshocton board member. “We are advertising and working with the downtown and farmers market to stay open later. The stores staying open will attract people downtown. This is truly a Three Rivers event, and we are just helping alongside. We are looking forward to the activities and praying for good weather.”
Jim Marcentile and son CJ enjoy entering their Yukon trucks in shows with the plan for it to become a family tradition.
“It all started back when my son CJ heard at school about the firefighters car show at the fairgrounds,” Jim Marcentile said. “CJ came home and said he wanted to take our 93 SLE to it. He wanted to do it all by himself, so we drove it down there and left him with a bucket, polish, window cleaner and rags. There was nothing on the truck like there is now. He was just a little shaver, about 12 or so. I took him to the fairgrounds, and he stayed there all day polishing it. He asked one of the firefighters for a small ladder so he could polish the roof and spent all day polishing that truck. Of course, my wife and I kept checking on him.
“Everyone was collecting cars, but no one was collecting Yukons. They were just work trucks, so we decided to save the Yukons. They were something special, something that no one else was trying to save. Later he convinced me to get another truck so we could do it together, and we’ve been going there every year since. We have only missed getting a trophy twice in all those years since back in the ’90s. My boy got me into it. I bought myself a 96 GT, and we’ve been showing them together all these years.”
Jim Marcentile said car shows are a chance for them to get together and enjoy the day.
“Car shows just aren’t about cars. There is a lot of fellowship going on, meeting people from out of town and people here in town,” he said. “They’re automotive people. It’s a great time to spend with other automotive enthusiasts, talking about things they made back in the old days, the future and things they are making now. Conversations go on all day, and the people going by always enjoy what we’ve got.
“We’ve been at the firefighter show every year that they’ve had it, and we’ve sponsored it in the past. We’ve always enjoyed the firefighters. They’ve got raffles and all kinds of stuff going on. It’s a good day out. We didn’t care about the weather. We would always go. I plan to go every year as long as I’m alive. Me and my son, we’ll show these same two trucks.”

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