Car show to take up all of Front Street

June 10, 2014

By David Hayes

Close down an entire city street, line up vintage rides from end to end and pack the sidewalks with classic car aficionados, and you get one of downtown’s most popular events — Fenders on Front Street.

The annual car show, hosted by the Downtown Issaquah Association, returns for its ninth year June 15, bigger than ever. Executive Director Karen Donovan said the show set an attendance record last year with about 10,000 visitors.

Unlike specific car shows, anyone with a classic ride may register to sign their car up, even the day of the event. Donovan said they may have to cut off signups by 11 a.m., depending upon the number of participants. Go to to learn more about signing up.

The event kicks off on the Fathers Day Sunday at 7 a.m. with a breakfast served by The Eagles for $7. Coffee and doughnuts can also be had at the Triple XXX Rootbeer Drive-in and the Hailstone Feed Store.

Co-organizer Joe Forkner said the event goes on rain or shine, but the weather effects the number of participants.

“With good weather, we get up to 400 to 500 cars,” he said. “If the weather is lousy, there will still be about 200 to 300 cars.”

You should know

Notice of road closure
Front Street North, from Gilman Boulevard to Sunset Way, will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this free car show. Registration will begin at 6 a.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store and Triple XXX. Vehicles will begin parking at the Triple XXX and then park along the Staples parking lot to Front Street and then along Front Street toward Sunset Way.

Boardwalk Sale at Gilman Village
In conjunction with Fenders on Front Street, Gilman Village Merchants Association hosts a boardwalk sale — from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14 and from noon to 5 p.m. June 15. Shop locally in a relaxing, charming, boutique atmosphere.

In addition to the cars on display, there will also be vendors selling wares, and food booths, including Krispy Kreme and kettle korn.

Bring the kids for family activities, such as a coloring Matchbox car giveaway.

Then, to keep things lively, nine bands from the Kaleidoscope School of Music will rock the downtown corridor all day.

The judging gets underway at 11 a.m. with trophy presentation at 2 p.m.

The event wraps up at 3 p.m. when car show participants will gather on Front Street North and cruise to Sunset Way to Newport Way to Gilman Boulevard to Triple XXX.

Learn more about the event at

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