For 20 years, the Northwest Motorsports Association has been putting on a rockin’ good time in historic downtown Gresham. This summer, the Rockin’ Round the Block auto show and family friendly festival returns on Saturday, August 11, bringing with it
all the gusto and enthusiasm it did in its first year, along with some powerful name recognition.
“We’re ecstatic to be in our 20th year,” said Jerry Lyons, MHCC Automotive Technology instructor and the chair for the Rockin’ Round the Block planning team. “And this year, we hope to raise even more money for scholarships for MHCC Automotive students.”
The event, organized by the Northwest Motorsports Association, has raised $175,000 for MHCC scholarships over the last 19 years. Funds help students afford the cost of completing a certificate or associate degree in Automotive Technology at the college.
Plus, Rockin’ Round the Block has grown into one of the better attended events in downtown Gresham. According to the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce, the auto show attracts more people to Gresham than any other annual event.
With great music, vendors, and activities planned, this year’s Rockin’ Round should continue to hold that record. The event will open with a ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by dancing at 11 a.m. Free children’s activities, including face painting and
balloon animals, and music by Ron Ruedi and The Hurricanes will occur throughout the day. At 2:45 p.m., more than 50 awards and trophies will be awarded to car show participants, followed by a raffle drawing.
After the awards ceremony, the Main Street Cruise takes place. Grab your seat along main street early for a glimpse at more than 400 stock and classic cars as they cruise by. Then, celebrate into the night with more live music and activities.
Rockin’ Round the Block is a free event to attend. Car show participants can register their vehicles up until the day of the event. Sponsors and supporters include Weston Buick/Kia/GMC, Gresham Toyota/Scion, Gresham Ford, Speed’s Towing, Advance Auto
Parts, Precision Body & Paint Inc., All About Automotive, MHCC Automotive Technology and U.S. Bank.