Car show turbo-charges local economy

A corvette owner shows off his shine at the 39th annual St. Ignace Car Show

Car-lovers from across the Midwest are cruising into the Upper Peninsula this weekend for the 39th annual St. Ignace Car Show.

Executive Director Janet Peterson of the St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce expects the more than 23,000 weekend visitors will pump approximately $2 million into the local economy.

"This is really our kick off to the summer," said Peterson. "These are weeks we didn't have businesses 39 years ago. And, it just keeps growing and growing. It's just a huge shot in the arm for our summer to get started."

Many of the people that come for the event make it a tradition to come back every year.

Richard Vitek of Saginaw has been coming to the event for 30 years.

"I wouldn't miss it for love or money," said Vitek. "It's just a part of my summer spend all your waiting for it we have a group that comes up every year."

Car enthusiasts like Dale Farhm from Frankenmuth love their rare cars so much they want to be buried in them.

He said his favorite part of the car show is watching the parades.

"We don't usually join the parade because we like to watch it," said Farhm. "We just give up everything. We say 'okay that last weekend in June we go to St. Ignace.' It's a 200-mile trip, but we don't care."


- June 26th: Kewadin Casino Cruise Night, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

- June 27th: Down Memory Lane Parade, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

- June 28th: Straits Area Antique Auto Show - Vehicles on Display on State Street bordering