By Kristin Rover
A wet weekend put a damper on the annual Pumpkin Run Nationals car show in Owensville this year, but the show still drew in nearly 2,500 antique cars at its peak.
“It started raining Saturday at about 3 or 4 p.m.,” Tanya Beaumont, spokeswoman for Fastiques Rod and Custom, said. “It was just a light, steady rain, but then it got heavier. It rained pretty much all day Sunday.”
When the sun was shining on Friday and Saturday, antique cars packed the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, and hundreds of visitors walked in from surrounding parking areas to see the sights.
“It was still a fairly decent turnout,” Beaumont said.
Pumpkin Run Nationals features cars and trucks that are 1970 or older, all parked throughout the fairground property.
Beaumont said they had just under 2,500 cars registered for the event. Participants drive in from all parts of Clermont County and surrounding state, some coming as far as Mississippi.
“There are a lot of cool people,” Jeff Korte, of Bethel, said about the show.
Korte said he has been coming to Pumpkin Run Nationals for several years. He said he enjoys bringing cars to the event.
“It’s good because it’s a local one,” Korte said.
In addition to the car show, Pumpkin Run Nationals also features vendors selling a variety of products for antique car owners, live music and other entertainment, food and beverage vendors as well as a swap meet.
The show also features several contests and competitions throughout the weekend.
“Pumpkin Run brings a lot of money into the community,” Beaumont said about the event.
She said many people who travel stay in the Clermont County area and the organizing committee also utilizes local law enforcement officers, businesses, and more to make the event successful.
Dean and Stephen Moore, of Georgetown and Winchester Kentucky, said they come to the event every year.
“I love the event,” Stephen Moore said. “It’s laid back, easy to get to, there are great people.”
Moore said Fastiques Rod and Custom does a wonderful job hosting the event, and he likes that they also support charities.
Beaumont said that each year, Fastiques donates a portion of their profit to charities in the area.
“It will be a little while until we see what our profit was,” Beaumont said about this year’s event. “Traditionally the Fastiques give a $50,000 check to the Shrine Hospital for Children. We also make a donation to the Earth Angel Foundation.”
For more information about Pumpkin Run Nationals visit www.pumpkinrunnationals.com.