Crazy Daze, car show in Gladstone

GLADSTONE – This weekend Delta Avenue will be abuzz as people flock to town for the Gladstone Crazy Daze and the third annual Gladstone Summer Show & Shine Car Show.

Last year the events brought in 2,800 people by 12:30 p.m. and Derby Chase, who is co-organizing the event with Steve Viau, hopes this year will be even bigger.

“It’s a way of getting people into Gladstone,” said Chase.

Crazy Daze festivities and the car show will take place concurrently on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Those people interested in registering their car for the show can do so between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

“There’s no registration fee for the cars. We just want everybody to come out and have a fun day,” said Chase.

Twenty-two trophies will be awarded between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. for car show participants. The winner of Best in Show will receive a trophy and $200. Each division winner will receive a trophy and $75.

“We had about 100 cars last year, and we’re hoping to do bigger yet,” said Chase.

In addition to the cars, which will be lined up along Delta Avenue, residents and visitors to the city will be able to enjoy a variety of family friendly activities including face painting, Abra Cadabra arcade jumps, and a petting zoo.

“We’ve got many, many vendors and displays that will be up and down (Delta Avenue) on Saturday,” said Chase.

Vendors and local businesses will be selling everything from crafts to baked goods during the event. While many businesses will be having sales during the Crazy Daze festivities, residents and visitors will also be able to find treasures from others who live in Gladstone.

“We’re going to have the City Wide Rummage Sale going at the same time,” said Nicole Sanderson, parks and recreation director for the city. “People can set out their stuff whenever they want so some will start very early.”

Crazy Daze will also include demonstrations from Escanaba Public Safety’s K-9 Unit, Delta County Search and Rescue, the Gladstone Public Safety rescue hovercraft, and the Gladstone High School robotics team.

For those with a more competitive spirit, a karaoke contest and a cooking contest celebrating the grand opening of The Dew II will take place around 1 p.m.

“Right out in front of the (Dew II), they’ll be cooking right out there,” said Chase.

The cooking contest is new this year, and Chase believes finding new and different events is part of what will help grow Crazy Daze and bring people to Gladstone.

For more information about Crazy Daze or the Gladstone Summer Show & Shine car show contact Chase at 789-2775 or Steven Viau at 428-2388.