Salina is a city that loves its cars and two organizations here are celebrating that love, and father’s during an event on Sunday.
The Father’s Day Car Show is happening at Rolling Hills Zoo this weekend with the help of one of the newest attractions in Salina, The Garage.
This year’s show will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Garage, 134 Fourth St.
“People will come to The Garage (and) get registered,” said Michelle Peck, executive director for the museum. “Then all the cars will parade out to Rolling Hills together as they head out of town.”
This caravan of vehicles will leave The Garage at 9:15 am and drive down Santa Fe Avenue from Iron Avenue to Crawford Street before heading west to Broadway Boulevard and then heading out to the zoo on W. State Street.
“The guys love to do a cruise,” said Linda Henderson, director of development and marketing at Rolling Hills.
For it’s annual car show, the zoo decided to partner with The Garage.
“We have this brand new car museum in town,” Henderson said. “(We thought) what about doing the registration and packet that morning at The Garage, they could…cruise down Santa Fe (on their way).”
Bringing it back to Father’s Day and family
This is not the first time Rolling Hills has hosted a car show.
“When the zoo started, they traditionally did a Father’s Day car show,” Henderson said.
That show was an all-day event and Henderson said in more recent years, the zoo moved to a different day and shorter time for the show.
“That has gone well for the last couple of years, but we were hearing from a lot of people that they’d really like to have it (back) on Father’s Day,” Henderson said.
The event honors fathers, not just during the car show, but throughout the entire day.
The zoo will also run a vote on the Flock Favorite car at the show and other family-friendly events.
“We’re going to have animal meet-and-greets at 10 am and 1 pm in the dome,” Henderson said. “It’s an air-conditioned space, and you can see some of our educational ambassadors that way.”
Food and drink specials are also going on, with Kona Ice available by the nature playground and a restaurant special that will only be available that day.
“That’s a barbecue brisket sandwich with baked beans and potato salad,” Henderson said. “That’s a great deal, because what dad doesn’t want a barbecue sandwich?”
Finally, Henderson said there will be a beer tent from 10 am to 2 pm The zoo has not had a beer tent during normal zoo hours.
“If dad wants to enjoy a brew with his barbecue, it doesn’t get much better,” Henderson said.
The zoo will be open from 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday and admission is $15 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $9 for children up to age 12 and free for children age 2 and under.
Partners in the community
With Rolling Hills and The Garage both serving the Salina community, Peck said it made sense for them to work together.
“In order for The Garage to be successful, it’s a lot of partnerships and collaboration,” Peck said. “Not only do we have all these cars on loan inside, but we want to continue to partner with other organizations.”
It can be mutually beneficial for these kinds of partnerships too. Peck said that while The Garage will only have the lobby open for registration at 8 am, it will be open during its normal 1 to 5 pm hours on Sunday.
“We’re hoping that after the car show, people might come back to the museum, cool off in the air conditioning, grab a beer and look at our cars,” she said.
The registration fee for the car show is $25 for those aged 13 through adult, $15 for children 2 to 12. Registration includes zoo admission, one meal ticket per person per registration, two beverage tickets per person, a commemorative dash plaque for car show registrants only and a chance to win awards or cash prizes.
Those who register a vehicle in advance of the car show will also be able to get a discount on admission to The Garage that day. For more information and to register a vehicle in advance, visit the zoo’s webpage for the event, www.rollinghillszoo.org/news/fathers-day-car-show.