Fenders on Front Street returns on Father’s Day

June 14, 2013

By Peter Clark

Fenders on Front Street will return June 16 and all those involved hope for good weather.

For the eighth year in a row, the Downtown Issaquah Association will hold the vintage car show, which in the past has drawn upward of 800 cars and thousands of visitors to the event.

By Greg Farrar David Schindele, of Mukilteo, looks at the engine of a 1976 Triumph TR6, owned by Chuck Winkelman, of Seattle, during the 2010 Fenders on Front Street.

By Greg Farrar
David Schindele, of Mukilteo, looks at the engine of a 1976 Triumph TR6, owned by Chuck Winkelman, of Seattle, during the 2010 Fenders on Front Street.

The show begins at 8 a.m. along Front Street; judging for the show will begin at 11 a.m. with awards presentations held at 2 p.m., followed by a cruise down to Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-In.

Initially a Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust event that linked car shows on either sides of the Cascades is now a cooperative event that ties in a number of local businesses to share in a celebration of classic vehicles.

“We’re excited about it,” said Karen Donovan, Downtown Issaquah Association executive director. “Especially if the weather is nice.”

With music from bands, sidewalk sales and other functions, Front Street North, from Gilman Boulevard to Sunset Way, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the free show.

Donovan listed the many attractions, many of them new to the 2013 show, that will be held alongside the event: The Eagles will hold a $7 breakfast beginning at 7 a.m., Boehm’s Candies will offer tours on the hour, docents from the salmon hatchery will take people through the hatchery, Gilman Village will hold a sidewalk sale as well as an art and collectibles road show, and Cougar Mountain Zoo will pass out coupons to its attractions.

“Just come on down and have a good time,” she said. “Come check out the cars and stroll Front Street.”

“I’m hoping for good weather and a good turnout,” Fenders on Front Street co-founder Joe Forkner said. “That’s all any car show people can really ask for.”

Though he was not directly associated with the Downtown Issaquah Association during the conception of the event, Forkner said it was through his love of cars and connections that helped assist the event to get off the ground.

“I just had an interest,” he said. “I have since learned a lot about car shows.”

He said that over the years, the attendance has fluctuated mostly due to the weather. After marketing dropped off with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s participation narrowing, Forkner said that attendance has fallen over the years. However with good weather, he said that many people would surely come out to enjoy the day.

“This is a big deal for downtown,” he said. “It’s kind of a fun day.”

 

On the Web

Fenders on Front Street

  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16
  • Front Street from downtown to Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in
  • Free
  • fendersonfrontstreet.com.

 

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