Wheels, BBQ and blues in OV
Contributed photo, The Oro Valley Classic Car, BBQ and Blues Show Family Festival is Saturday, Feb. 20, at Oro Valley Marketplace.

Get revved up for a day of all-American fun as the second annual Oro Valley Classic Car, BBQ and Blues Show Family Festival kicks into gear Saturday, Feb. 20, at Oro Valley Marketplace.

Presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a gate fee of $5 per adult. Children 10 and younger get in free.

Judges rate more than 20 classes of antique, classic and muscle cars and trucks, doling out awards for best interior, paint, engine compartment and overall appearance.

Festival-goers not only can take in this parade of steel-and-chrome classics, but they also can rock to golden oldies spun by DJ John and groove to the blues belted out by the Jive Bombers. There’ll be plenty of barbecue and other food to fill up on as well.

DJ John Stroebeck (performing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) is a mainstay at most Southern Arizona car shows. He spins oldies from his self-contained broadcast booth.

The Jive Bombers (performing from 1 to 2:30 p.m.) feature Mike Blommer on guitar, Steve Grams on bass, Glenn Velardi on drums and vocals by Rebecca Carlson.

Last year’s inaugural Oro Valley car show at Steam Pump Village featured more than 160 cars and trucks and drew more than 4,000 attendees.

The 2010 event, with its move to Oro Valley Marketplace, likely will draw a larger crowd, a release concluded.

SAACA continues to accept applications for the car show. Details and registration forms are available online at www.southernazfestivals.org. Call 797-3959 with any questions.

Proceeds from the event benefit SAACA’s many arts programs in the community and area schools.

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