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Arts festival, car show and Festival of Hope among weekend’s events
June 18, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Whether your interest is in classic cars, original art, or helping a good cause, this weekend is a busy one in our local community.
For the past 17 years, the High Plains Auto Club has hosted their Father’s Day Classic Rock N Roll Car Show. “We already have more than 260 entries from at least eight states,” said club spokesman Jim Spencer. “That will probably go to 350. We start registering cars on Friday and have a barbecue for the entrants. Then we have a cruise for cash as the cars cruise around Scottsbluff and Gering. The entrants will have an ice cream social when they get back.”

The public activity starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with a parade of classic cars through downtown Gering as drivers head to Five Rocks Amphitheater for a “show and shine” that runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be food vendors on site and the public is invited to come out and take a look.
“We’ve had a lot of drivers calling us and saying this is the best car show they’ve been a part of,” Spencer said. “They love the venue and the Civic Center. And the City of Gering has a lot to do with that. They just open their doors for us.”
Also on Saturday is the 14th annual Gering Arts Festival on the lawn at the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse, hosted by the Gering Merchants. The show opens to the public at 9 a.m. and will run until about 2 or 3 p.m.

“It all depends on the weather,” said RaNae Garton with the Gering Merchants. “In past years, rain started to roll in about that time.”
She added that as of the Gering Merchants’ June meeting, about 15 artists have signed up to display their work. More are expected as time for the show rolls around.

The works of artists from around the area will be featured at the show. Pieces are also available for sale. A number of media will be included, from watercolors to jewelry.

Live entertainment will also be featured throughout the day from performers Bill Snocker, Klovis, Brett Collopy, Deanna Floe, Wingin’ It, Gabe Bruton, Avid Discord and Fred Marquez.

“We’re happy to support not only the visual arts, but also the performing arts,” Garton said. “All of our artists are an important part of the valley.”

Garton said the show doesn’t have food vendors, as there are many unique restaurants within walking distance and the merchants group encourages the public to try them out.

Saturday is also the annual observance of the Festival of Hope at the Events Center at the Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds in Mitchell. The morning starts at 7 a.m. with breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. A silent auction runs throughout the day and there will also be a 5K run/walk starting at 7:30 a.m. A fun run for the kids is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Live entertainment will also be featured.
The Festival of Hope organization raises funds to assist families of cancer patients that have challenges meeting regular expenses while their family member is unable to work. When care forces additional expenses for gas and hotels while the patient is undergoing treatment, Festival of Hope is there to assist.

The festival concludes about 3 p.m. with a reading of names of loved ones who are battling or have lost the battle with cancer, followed by a butterfly release.

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