The current forecast for Saturday is no rain and that’s good news to Lynn Lambrecht, president of the Jamestown Downtown Association. The group is holding the first Rods & Hogs & Things that go VROOM! since 2019, and that year the threat of rain reduced the number of participants for the event.
This year is looking much different.
“Everybody come on down, the weather’s supposed to be really nice,” she said.
Rods & Hogs will be held on First Avenue from First to Third Streets and feature a variety of vehicles. The event starts for the public at 1 p.m. and awards for Best Car, Best Bike, Best Truck, Best Rat Rod and the Dick Dauer’s People Choice Award will be announced at 5 p.m. at the Hansen Arts Park.
Registration for participants starts at noon and will be located near Sabir’s Buffalo Grill, Lambrecht said. Anything that has wheels and an engine can take part.
“We’ve had souped-up lawnmowers,” she said, and some interesting trikes on display at previous events.
Lambrecht said there’s a two-tier system for Rods & Hogs participants - one for people who want to be eligible for cash prizes and the other for those who just want to be part of the event.
People who want their entry to be eligible for a cash prize pay $15 to participate and get a dash plaque. Prizes for first, second and third are awarded in each of the classes, and the first-place entry in each class will receive a trophy.
People who do not want to pay a fee or whose entry doesn’t qualify for the classes can also participate in a “show and shine” for free, she said.
For children, starting at 1 p.m. there will be a cone walk, similar to musical chairs or a cake walk but using traffic cones. Small prizes will be given out, Lambrecht said.
Two food vendors are expected, offering mini-donuts and specialty egg rolls, but the association is encouraging people to eat at downtown businesses, she said.
A beer garden opens at 6 p.m. with a street dance at the Corner Bar featuring October Road starting at 7 p.m.
Rods & Hogs wasn’t held in 2020 due to the coronavirus. There were about 50 registered vehicles and 90 total vehicles in 2019, a reduced number because of the threat of rain, Lambrecht said.