Vendors and autos to take over Dow Park

Walter Sprague

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The 14th Annual Fall Festival and Shine & Show is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, at Dow Park. The popular fall event brings out a wide variety of vehicles as well as vendors selling wares and food throughout the day.

Walter Sprague

Art and Culture Reporter


The 14th Annual Fall Festival and Shine & Show will take place on Saturday, Sept. 19. The events will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dow Park, located at 1401 W. Main St.

Tasha Townsend, heading up the Fall Festival for her seventh year, has 23 vendors set up as of Sept. 7. Vendors still have time to register, Townsend said, but they need to contact her by Monday, Sept. 14, to secure a place. Her number is (307) 629-0123. The cost for a booth is $30. 

Townsend said that people will be on hand, giving vendors a break to eat and use the necessaries throughout the day. A bottle of water will also be distributed to those operating the vendor booths.

Wearing masks is optional, Townsend said, but she also asked that state health guidelines be followed, including 6-foot social distancing.

According to Townsend, the event has been growing in scale each year that she’s been in charge of it. While there are obstacles this year, she is looking forward to this being the biggest Fall Festival yet and encourages everyone to come out.

Also held at Dow Park during the Fall Festival will be the Shine & Show.

Dick and Bonnie Rich have been putting on this event since the beginning 14 years ago. It was inspired by a car show they attended in Upton. The Riches thought it would be great if Newcastle had a classic car show. Dick quickly realized that someone just had to step up, take the initiative and get it organized. The rest is history. After the success of the first year, the city of Newcastle got firmly behind the event. The police department has also supported the event, in large part, by helping the annual Burn-Out happen safely.

The Shine & Show has always had a large turnout of entries, and the organizers are hoping this year will be the same. Bonnie said they have more than just cars. The show also features classic motorcycles, boats, custom campers and other exciting and fun creations. The cost is $10 per car to enter the show with its several contest categories, including a People’s Choice Award. The entry cost helps to defray the cost of the awards.

The event sponsors are too numerous to mention here, but Bonnie said you can count the businesses on one hand who have not sponsored the show. Dick said he has always been amazed how much Newcastle gets behind this event. 

The Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department will be serving lunch at the car show. The funds raised at the lunch will go to young volunteer firefighters’ training, many of whom are still in high school. Dick and Bonnie also want to send a big thank you to the Masonic Temple of Newcastle for always providing trophies for the winning cars. But due to concerns for public safety because of COVID-19, the pancake breakfast has been canceled. 

Of course, the favorite part of the Shine & Show for many is the annual Burn-Out, which starts at 3 p.m. With help from the police department, participants in the show will peal out along the face of Dow Park to the delight of all.

The Riches wish to thank everyone who enters the show. Bonnie said some entrants come from Montana or Arizona. People from as far away as Florida have shown vehicles in the event. They also want to thank everyone who just comes out to look at the classic cars and hot rods, set up lawn chairs and make the day a fun family event.


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