Garden City River Rod Run: A Classic Missoula Event

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Visiting Missoula in late June? Here’s an event you won’t want to miss! The Garden City River Rod Run.

Every year, car admirers and enthusiasts flock to the Garden City River Rod Run. Held in downtown Missoula, this year’s event will be Friday and Saturday, June 26-27, 2015. The event features 200 hot rods and classic cars and annually draws about 3,000 spectators. It’s an annual event many anticipate all year long.

Admission to the show is free for spectators and cars can be registered in the event for a nominal fee. Local food and beverage vendors and a beer garden are available to attendees along with live music by Zoo City on Friday evening. The event’s convenient location also provides easy access to shopping and additional entertainment in Missoula’s thriving downtown.

The Friday Night Cruisin’ Parade down Higgins Avenue is the highlight of the weekend as the River Rod Run entrants take to the streets for a show. The cars are also available to view each day at a show and shine event that offers spectators the chance to check out each car individually.

A final award presentation takes place on Saturday at Caras Park and features a number of awards including Best in Show. This exciting presentation awards trophies to amazing car hobbyists for all of their hard work.

A full schedule of events is listed below:

Friday, June 26, 2015
Registration (Caras Park)……………………………………………………..1 – 5:30 pm
Downtown Shopping……………………………………………………………1 – 6 pm
Show & Shine …………………………………………………………………..5 – 9 pm
Live Music by Zoo City…………………………………………………………6 – 9 pm
Parade Only Registration………………………………………………………7:30 – 9 pm
Cruisin’ Parade on Higgins Avenue……………………………………………..9 – 10 pm

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Downtown Markets……………………………………………………………..8 am – 1 pm
Registration (Caras Park)………………………………………………………8 am – 11 am
Downtown Shopping……………………………………………………………10 am – 6 pm
Show & Shine ………………………………………………………………….11 am – 4 pm
Special Interest Awards Presentation……………………………………….3 pm
Sponsor Awards Presentation……………………………………………….3:30 pm
End of Show……………………………………………………………………4 pm

The end of June in Missoula is prefect for an outdoor event. The weather is warm and the long days provide the perfect setting to come out and enjoy some extra special cars. Whether your goal is just to get out and have fun or to check out the competition for yourself next year, the Garden City River Rod Run is one of downtown Missoula’s most anticipated annual events.

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