After a three-year hiatus, the flash of old chrome and steel bodies returned to downtown Perry Saturday when the Perrydice Cruizers Car Club co-sponsored a car show with the DMACC Perry VanKirk Career Academy and Perry Economic Development Inc. (PEDI).
Perrydice Cruizers Car Club President Dean Berkland spearheaded Saturday’s free event in downtown Perry, which drew more than 80 entrants, each of whom received a complimentary dashboard plaque.
The temperature at noon was a comfortable 76 degrees, much cooler than the hot rods lining Second Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“This classic car show is an opportunity to celebrate car culture in Perry and enjoy a love of well-built cars, art and great people,” said Berkland, who also sits on the Perry City Council.
“This is the most hopping event in town I’ve seen in some time,” said Nick Eakins of Perry, who admired the vintage classics. “I am not really a car person, but some of these automobiles were commonly seen when I was a kid. I have a really soft spot in my heart for Mustangs. The white 1965 was a real favorite of mine, proud owned by Denise and Larry Laborde of Perry.”
The DMACC VanKirk Career Academy had a booth set up to answer questions about career and educational opportunities, with Mary Ann Riesberg fielding the early childhood education queries and Eoin Davis describing the opportunities in computer programming. DMACC Recruitment Specialist Matt Schneiderman was on hand to discuss manufacturing and health-related fields at the mini career fair.
PEDI partnered with the car show organizers as an opportunity to promote both Perry’s lifestyle attractions and the local career opportunities in manufacturing, health and other fields.