The 2023 Natchitoches Classic Car Show, a fun local event in its 17th year, was held Saturday, September 30 in downtown Natchitoches. Thousands of visitors filled the downtown area and enjoyed seeing a record number of cars parked on the riverbank and downtown streets. The vehicles ranged from a variety of classic Volkswagens to a 1926 Buick Master Six Model 47 boasting 75 Horsepower. There was indeed something for every taste.
The visiting car owners started arriving Friday and enjoyed a Poker Run that took them throughout the parish. They then were treated to a fish fry and concert at the riverbank. The car show started Saturday morning and went on throughout the day. Visitors to the show were able to enjoy live music from several bands as they perused the vehicles on display. At the end of the show, the car owners gathered at the downtown riverbank for the presentation of prizes. This year featured professional judges from the International Show Cars Association.
The Natchitoches chapter of the Lions Club hosted a “split the pot” fundraiser to raise funds for the Lions Camp in Anacoco. The Lions Camp has provided a summer camp experience to thousands of disabled children since its founding in 1957.
The Natchitoches Classic Car Show has grown over the past 17 years into one of the largest and most eagerly awaited events held in the city as well as a popular destination for antique car aficionados. This year’s event included a car brought in from Arizona. The show is a solid day of family fun and nostalgia with no cost to attend. The show is also a wonderful showcase for our community. Events such as the annual Classic Car Show are part and parcel of what makes life in our community special!