PC car show has quality expo
The 24th annual Pierce City Car Show was held on Sunday, employing the scheduled rain day because of the passing of Hurricane Isaac. Show day conditions were sunny and pleasant as the show returned to Pierce City's South Park.
"We had a smaller turnout than usual, with 45 entries," said organizers Kevin and Ronda Hatfield, "but the quality of the vehicles was excellent."
The winners in the Lunch Money Class, reserved for car owners 21 years old and younger, were Mathew Cooper, of Pierce City, first place; Ricky Kessinger II, of Pierce City, in second place; and Cory Hartman, of Monett, in third place. The consolation prize went to Kody Puckett, of Pierce City.
In the motorcycle division, Ricky Kessinger took first and second place. Ed Pachlhofer, of Bella Vista, Ark., won third place.
Awards were presented to the top 75 vehicles. All participants went home with a plaque.
First place winners were Roger Bandy, Verona; Charles Pritchett, Marionville; Ken Bandy, Monett; Terry and Cathy Clendening, Springfield; John Verbrugge, Eagle Rock; Clett Pattyson, Joplin; Larena Farmer, Fayetteville, Ark.; Barbara and Harlan Russell, Carthage; Breanne Hill, Nixa; John Dorman, Joplin; Nick and Karen Crouch, Diamond; Cliff Farmer, Fayetteville; Dave Walters, Shell Knob; Don Erickson, Shell Knob; Knut and Barbara Farstvedt, Columbus, Kan.; James Mulvaney, Lincoln, Ark.; Pamela Albrecht, Rogers, Ark.; Norbert and Rosemary Lehar, Neosho; Mike Peachee, Garfield, Ark.; Chris and Ro Eads, Neosho; Pat Price, Galena, Kan.; John Wettstein, Joplin; Charles Koehler, Joplin; Shane and Dylan Haddock, Neosho; Reid and Sandra Alexander, Lamar.
Second place winners were Don Hanna, Joplin; Dora Chew, Carl Junction; Robert and Sharon Houser, Galena, Kan.; George and Michael Keels, Neosho; Regina Ward, Neosho; Mike Rodrigues, Reeds Spring; Ed and Carol Buck, Joplin; Bob Etherton, Joplin; Jim Grube, Diamond; Tom Starr, Seneca; and Wayne Sooter, Pierce City, with two second place finishes.
Special awards went to Lavena Farmer, from Fayetteville, receiving the Paula Sooter Memorial Award for her S7 Chevrolet two-door hard top. Ken Bandy received the top points award for early cars for his 1969 Chevrolet Corvette. The top points winner in late model cars went to John Verbrugge for his 2008 Mustang GT 500 KR.
The top points winner for early trucks went again this year to Terry and Cathy Clendening for their 1950 Chevrolet pickup. The Committee's Choice Award went to Clett Pattyson for his 1969 Superbee.
Kevin Hatfield said the park provided shade and a cooler setting than the church parking lot used for the show in recent years. Organizers planned to explore moving the car show to a regular Labor Day weekend event.