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Cars in the Park event on Sept. 30 benefits Special Olympians

About 200 vehicles and 1,000 spectators are anticipated for the annual Cars in the Park car show from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at The Theatre in the Park complex in Shawnee Mission Park.

Admission to Cars in the Park is free for spectators and concessions will be available. The Theatre in the Park is located in Shawnee Mission Park and is accessible via a separate entrance at 7710 Renner Road, Shawnee.

The show typically attracts an eclectic mix of cars, trucks, and motorcycles, from Model A’s to modern and customized vehicles. Participant choice judging will be used for awards. 

Cars in the Park is one of two major annual fundraisers for Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s Special Olympics and Special Populations programs. Funds are typically used to acquire uniforms and pay for transportation to events.

For anyone interested in entering the show, vehicle registrations are being taken through the day of the event. All participants must be registered and on-site by noon to be judged. Special Olympian athletes will be voting on their favorite entry for the Athletes Choice Award. For those exhibiting vehicles, the fee is $20 per vehicle until the day of the show when it increases to $25. For participants, there will be a 50/50 pot and raffle.

For more information about Cars in the Park or to register for the event, call (913) 831-3359 or (913) 826-3027. Details also are available online at www.jcprd.com.