Sequim Prairie Nights*
10 August 2019
Enthusiast, owners and just plain car guys and gals, plan on attending our 3rd annual downtown Sequim car show and shine this August 10, 2019 and experience the Sequim downtown in a whole new manner. Last years event was attended by 165+ vehicles and enjoyed by over 2000 visitors. This years event is expected to even better than last.
Yes, the event is called Sequim Prairie Nights and is being held during the day but we hope you will stay and make the night your own experience at one of the local venues. Vehicles from the early days of automotive history to 1979 are welcome to participate in the downtown show and shine event. In addition to show participants, special vehicles of significance will be on display and their owners available for questions and comments such as:
- A 1966 Chevrolet Corvette "Tanker" recently featured at the Corvette Legends Invitational, a very "rare" example of mid 60's muscle.
- A salute to veterans! An array of vintage military vehicles will be on display along with the Non-Profit organization "Pennies for Quarters". Be sure to check them out.
- Happy Days TV car, a 1950 Ford Convertible, Joanie's car used in Season 8, Episode 5, (12-9-80) will be on display
- Alan Thornock's "VooDoo Child" funny car will be on display.
- Check in later to see if we've added any other special cars or displays
This annual events proceeds, will provide Schlorships for the automotive, computer and construction trades for Sequim High School graduates. Additionally it is hoped that participants and attendees alike will find the time to visit the local restaurants and retail outlets during their visit. The Sequim Prairie is a unique eco-climate and enjoys a minimal rain fall when compared to the rest of the Olympic Peninsula. While it may be raining elsewhere, we in Sequim are usually dry.
Periodic drawings will be held throughout the day for unique car and non-car related items. Tickets for items to be drawn on will be available all during the day, with winning ticket numbers provided on a white reader board with the first drawing occurring during the 11 o'clock hour. Winners will need to be present to claim their item. Unclaimed items at the end of the day will be subject to additional drawings until a winner is had or held over to the next event in 2020.
Following the Sequim Prairie Nights Car Show and Shine, participants are invited to attend a local "non-guided" cruise from downtown Sequim out to the Dungeness Spit area ending back in the center of Sequim. Local residents will be encouraged to cheer you on as you cruz by. By this time Sequim downtown streets should be back to normal and visitors are invited to dine at any one of the local fine restaurants, stay the night in one the several local hotels and or visit the award winning 7 Cedars Golf Course or 7 cedars Casino on your way out of town.
* Registration for this event is encouraged due to limited event parking estimated to be approximately 250 vehicles. Advance registration: $25 and at the show $30. Registered participants will receive a fine quality hat with an embriodered 2019 Sequim Prairie Nights logo on the front, and a commemorative dash plaque, well worth the price of admission.
Participants and attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. Food items may be left at the registration area.
Follow us on Facebook for periodic updates for the show and check back with this page periodically for changes or additions to the upcoming show.
10 AUGUST 2019 Show Report
DISPITE the RAIN.......
It was ALL ABOUT THE CARS! Sequim Prairie Nights third annual event was a roaring success despite the unfortunate downpour our participants endured… although there is something about water droplets on a vintage car that beautifully highlights the lines of these wonderful classics. Angela Hernandez of Alegna Foto spent some quality artistic time capturing everything from hood ornaments to people and their cherished rides. Her photos will be available to view on both SequimPrairieNights.org and the SPN Facebook page.
There were 114 pre-registered vehicles for the show and an additional 24 bravely registered the day of the event despite the threat of rain. A visitor from California remarked, "You folks are brutal, we wouldn't have even brought our cars out with the threat of rain." His host countered “then you would never go to a car show in the Northwest!”
Sequim's very own local celebrity Amanda Bacon opened Sequim Prairie Nights with the Star-Spangled Banner and sang beautifully amidst the showers of rain!
Artist Todd Fischer was on hand signing posters for this year’s SPN car show. This is his third year creating three new vehicles for the classic 101 shield art that has helped brand Sequim Prairie Nights as an annual Northwest event you don’t want to miss. His new working art studio at the Landing Mall is a great place to see what he’s currently up to!
Vehicles ranging from Dennis and Mary Hood’s 1914 Cadillac Touring car through the cars and trucks of 1979 were displayed between Sequim Avenue and Third Avenue on West Washington Street. This year, we were included in the plans of several Canadian car owners who brought their vehicles across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and stopped in for our event, promising to come back next year with friends in tow!
Participants and spectators alike ventured into our local establishments and reports indicate that our local downtown merchants and restaurants did very well during the Saturday show. “Supporting our downtown core businesses and the Sequim Farmers Market has been a focus since our first year,” said Larry Perry, Chairman and founder of SPN.
A display of olive drab military vehicles from World War II and the Korean Conflict were presented in the parking lot of Brody Broker/Keller Williams Real Estate. A local non-profit, Pennies for Quarters was on hand to provide information on the need for homes for homeless veterans and their mission to provide housing.
A special thanks to the pilots of the three planes from the Diamond Point celebration that treated us to a low formation flyover straight down Washington Street. An exhilarating sight to see - let’s do that again next year!
Sequim Prairie Nights participants were offered an opportunity to join in on the 2019 Cruzz the Prairie Loop, a guided car tour of the Sequim Prairie out to the Dungeness Spit and through the beautiful farming countryside. The weather had cleared by that time and the views were spectacular and accompanied by the annual Cruzz music provided by KSQM 91.5fm. Those who joined us on the Cruzz this year were graciously treated to a special garage tour of the private car collection of our local car enthusiast Sandy Keys.
Many thanks to Leslie Lauren and Sheila Everett of the Olympic View Community Foundation for their unwavering support and involvement in making Sequim Prairie Nights a solid and ongoing success, even though they had to dodge a few raindrops at the registration booth, along with Mike Paty, handing out goodie bags with this year’s SPN embroidered hat and magnet!
Please feel free to stop by In Graphic Detail at 175 West Bell Street in Sequim to pick up a few raffle tickets for the “America the Beautiful” quilt donated by the Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Club’s Sequim Community Quilt group (drawing December 7, 2019 at KSQM). Drawing was held and the winner was Mark Bragdon of Sequim.
Sequim Prairie Nights is sponsoring SHS scholarships for the construction and automotive trades and related computer sciences – thank you for your support for this annual community event!
*Sequim Prairie Nights is "Wordmarked"and its Logo and related materials are registered trademarks of Sequim Prairie Nights and cannot be duplicated or used without the express permission of Sequim Prairie Nights in writing.