Eastridge hosts cars, motorcycles and chili cook-off

June 14, 2011

By Laura Geggel

Eastridge Church invites the community to put a little “vroom” in their weekend at its second annual Eastridge Car & Bike Show.

The show has a long list of activities, including a children’s bicycle decorating contest; chili cook-off and tasting; music; dozens of cars, motorcycles and hydroplanes on display; food for sale; inflatable games; and fun for the whole family.

The event is free, but the Eastridge community plans to raise money through registration and food sales. Proceeds will benefit the church’s Royal Family Kids’ Camp Issaquah, a summer camp for children in foster care. The Royal Family Kids’ Camp is part of a nationwide program, with churches across the country each supporting individual camps.

“This is an opportunity for our community and church family to have fun together while contributing to a program that has a beneficial impact on the lives of kids who have been emotionally scarred,” said Steve Jamison, lead pastor of Eastridge Church. “It’s a family-friendly way to enjoy the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend while supporting a great cause.”

For the past 13 years, the Royal Family Kids’ Camp Issaquah has served King County children in foster care. For one week each summer, about 65 children ages 7-11 go east of the Cascade Mountains to a campground in Easton for archery, horse back riding, rock climbing, covered wagon rides, hikes and swimming.

If you go

Eastridge Church Car & Bike Show

  • 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 18
  • 24205 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road
  • Free admission

“The camp is very structured because foster kids like structure,” camp Director Paul Emmett said. “They work better in a structured environment.”

The faith-based camp also celebrates the children’s birthdays with one big party. Throughout the year, church members donate gifts to the camp for the birthday celebration.

“A lot of these kids get bounced around from home to home and they don’t get a chance to celebrate their birthdays,” said Heather Retzlaff, Jamison’s executive assistant.

The camp costs about $37,000 to put on, with each child’s part costing $550. The camp is free to campers, so any donations from the Eastridge Car & Bike Show will help keep the camp operating, Emmett said.

Vehicle owners participating in the show can register their cars or motorcycles in one of three categories: street rods, classics and bikes. The first 100 registrants will receive a free dash plaque or kickstand plate.

The day begins with a $5 breakfast, from 7-10 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch available for purchase. Hungry participants can also pay $5 to sample the dozen or so chili entries, labeled from mild to spicy.

“I’m really excited about the chili part,” Retzlaff said.

The show will be held rain or shine, with the judges announcing the winners at 1 p.m.

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