The 61st annual Vermont Antique and Classic Car Show had an excellent debut last weekend in Waterbury.
“We were very happy with the turnout of people in town and how big it was,” said Karen Nevin, executive director of Revitalizing Waterbury.
About 500 cars were in the show, said Dan Noyes, chair of Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts, a strong turnout, though slightly below past years.
The first 60 shows were held in Stowe, but after the show location was sold, the car club turned to Farr’s Field in Waterbury.
Despite traffic backups on Route 2 near Farr’s Field and confusion about the route of the annual antique car parade, the show was judged a success.
The antique flea market drew a whopping 500 vendors — a record, according to Noyes — and the car corral, where people sell their antique and classic cars, had about 100 sellers.
Noyes and Nevin think an additional entrance to the field will ease the traffic backup next year.
“It was a beautiful day, and on a really nice day in Vermont, when there’s a car show, and people all decide they’re going to go at 11 o’clock or 12 o’clock, there’s a backup,” Noyes said. “Next year, we’ll work on making sure we can have another entrance into the field that we didn’t have this year.”
Nevin also said Main Street might be closed for next year’s car parade.
This year, “we did not close off Main Street, and in hindsight, maybe we should,” Nevin said. “I tried to avoid closing Main Street because of the businesses and how that would impact them, but if we close Main Street, then it feels like a good, strong parade.”
Next year, there will probably also be flaggers showing drivers the parade route, because some of them got lost.
“Our street dance was wonderfully successful. We had a huge community turnout. It was a packed house,” Nevin said.
“I got really positive comments from people who have been going to the show for years that we did a great job. We’re all volunteers and a lot of people that were displaying their cars thought it was great. A lot of people were happy to see their cars there,” Noyes said.