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Car show ready to shine for those in need

KINGSTON — Automobile fans from all over the North End and beyond will be burning rubber to get to the 5th annual Show and Shine car show this Sunday, as the event will be bigger and better than before. Organizers are almost finished preparing for the influx of families and individuals, and are hoping the sun will stay out long enough to reflect off the sea of chrome.

The event will help fund the ShareNet food bank and thrift store, which both provide necessities and food to the less fortunate residents in North Kitsap. Project coordinator Jeff Utnage said it’s also a good excuse to get outside, see some beautiful cars and have fun.

“We’re going to have a watermelon eating contest this year,” he said. “That’s kind of new, though it’s not as big as some of the other things, but it will be a lot of fun. There’s going to be an auction and a raffle, two bands, the Kingston (Middle School) rock band and Been There Done That. We’ll have free food and drink, it’s just going to be a fun afternoon.”

The big change this year is the switch of venues. In previous years, the show was held at the Kennedy Industrial business park on State Route 104. This year, it will be at the Kingston Lumber Distribution Center nearby. Utnage said residents shouldn’t mistake this for the downtown Kingston Lumber location.

“Kingston Lumber has been a blessing,” said ShareNet Executive Director Lisa Defayette. “They’ve been very generous. We were never not planning to do it. It just took awhile to get things going with constructing the new building.”

The event was originally organized by Dale Gerber, who started the car show to help benefit the food bank. This year, he decided to let someone new take the reins. Defayette said ShareNet is forever grateful for his help in starting the popular summer event, something that helps keep food on the shelves throughout the year.

“I think he definitely needed a break,” she said. “He’s put in a lot of work in the last four years.”

Utnage said residents visiting the car show should enter from the SR 104 entrance, and the event will be free. A donation of $5 or a can of food is requested from attendees, though, to help ShareNet.

“The Porsche Club is coming this year,” he said. “I’m anxious to see the Porsche Club, I’ve seen of a few of their cars, and I’m excited to see all of them.”

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