They came from all across Oregon and northern California to occupy E Street for a sunny day of games, food and hot cars during the annual Occupy Lakeview event on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Festivities combined the majesty of a classic car show with great sale opportunities at E Street businesses and games for all ages. Show cars from Klamath and Alturas joined some of the best local classic fixer-uppers, with cars as old as 1929 lining the street looking as good as the day they rolled off the factory line.
Iconic names symbolizing American muscle like Thunderbird, GTO and Impala were on full display, as festival-goers perused the street while enjoying food and tremendous prices all around.
While many enjoyed the disc golf station courtesy of the 39er Store and burgers grilled up by Mayor Mike Patrick and Larry Holloway, it was the street games that drew the biggest crowds. Creeper races involving mechanic creepers and utilizing plungers for momentum drew a lot of laughs and near crashes as kids and adults took turns vying for the straightest line to the finish. Elijah Rucker was the overall winner for 11 and under, and Ridgley Williams took top honors for 12 and older.
In the hula-hoop contests in front of the 39er Store, Heidi Nicholl stole the show with her impressive hips and sway, capable of taking on two hoops at a time. Ezekiel Rucker and Sarah Bowersox also walked away with gift certificates for their hula-hoop work.
Plaques were given out to the top vehicles based on popular vote. Bill Cannon won first place in Class A (1920-1930) cars and trucks for his 1929 Ford Model A Roadster. The 1930-1940 class top honors went to Doug McLain and his 1931 Chevy. A 1948 Chevy Sedan 4-door owned by Arlene Cary of Alturas won first prize for 1940-1950 vehicles. Also from Alturas, Orvil Jones won 1950-1960 with his pristine purple 1957 Chevy 210. Diane Case of Alturas took Class E (1960-1970) for a 1969 Chevy Nova SS, and Steve and Barb Helm shared to honors for 1970-1980 with their white 1970 GTO Judge Tribute.
Additional categories were held for motorcycles and bicycles, with Mike Newcombe’s Harley and Deborah Bowersox’s bicycle each earning plaques.
The big prize though was the People’s Choice Award, voted on by all in attendance deemed the most desired car. That distinction went to Gary Chapman of Alturas for his flawless and stunning cherry red 1956 Buick Special.
Merchants also joined the fun with sidewalk sales and in-store specials.
“This was our most successful Occupy Lakeview yet,” said Mike Beeson, one of the primary organizers of the annual event. In all over $1,500 was raised between burger sales and registration, intended to go towards beautification efforts in downtown Lakeview.
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