Photos courtesy Sue Babic: After the event had to be canceled last year, the Rod Knockers 25th annual car show will take place Sept. 18.
Photos courtesy Sue Babic: After the event had to be canceled last year, the Rod Knockers 25th annual car show will take place Sept. 18.

There is another event that is coming back in Eatonville after being canceled last year due to COVID-19. The Rod Knockers are hosting a classic car show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18 in downtown Eatonville.

Sue Babic, Rod Knockers president, said organizers are excited about the upcoming event, which is the 25th car show the organization has hosted.

“The Town of Eatonville businesses, leadership and residents we have talked with also seem excited to have our show back,” Babic said.

The Rod Knockers organizers are anticipating an increase in attendance at this year's car show. The last time the Rod Knockers car show was in Eatonville, more than 300 participants registered, Babic said.

There is going to be free food at the car show. The Rod Knockers organizers are providing hotdogs, chips, soda and bottled water. They will be serving hotdogs beginning around 11 a.m.

Some smaller events are taking place throughout the car show. There is a 50/50 raffle drawing that starts at around $500 and then goes up throughout the day. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the car show for $1 per ticket. There will be door prizes for the registered participants with winning tickets that will be drawn at the car show. Each registered participant at the car show will be given a goodie bag, and five of the goodie bags will have $50 chips to be exchanged for cash at the registration booth. The Rod Knockers organizers are also planning on awarding at least 60 trophies this year.

Babic said participants do not have to pre-register.

“You just come to Eatonville, pay the $20 entry at the gate, and we will show you where to park for a fun day at the car show,” she said.

Babic said the Rod Knockers organizers will be cautious about how the cars will be parked, and that there might be a wait to get in and parked.

“The main purpose of the Rod Knockers Car Show in Eatonville is to have fun and enjoy the fellowship of other car enthusiasts,” Babic said.

The Rod Knockers organizers donate most of the money they raise at the event to the Town of Eatonville Family Agency and to  veterans.

At this time, COVID-19 restrictions might be announced during the week before the Rod Knockers car show as they keep changing as the pandemic goes on.