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Scottsbluff Valley Street Rods hold annual Torrington car show

September 13, 2018

TORRINGTON, Wyo. — The 18th annual Classic Cars in the Park, the 28th annual Cow Chip National, and the 44th annual Scottsbluff Valley Street Rods Rod Run will be in Torrington on Sept. 15.

The Rod Run is one of three major events for SVSR, along with the indoor Wyo-Braska Auto-Expo in Mitchell in April and the Oregon Trail Days car show in Gering in July. It started in 1974, the year after SVSR organized. In 1988, the cow chip contest was added to give the Rod Run more variety. In 1999 the city of Torrington started holding its Classic Cars in the Park, and joined the event with SVSR in 2003.

Event organizer Dennis Grubbs said the day starts in downtown Torrington at 9 a.m., where the cars will be out on display. The show usually averages 60-65 cars per year, divided into 15 categories, although he said some years have had higher numbers.

“There could be more,” he said. “The most we’ve had was 106, which took up all three blocks of downtown Torrington.”

Following that, around noon, the event moves to Pioneer Park for Cars in the Park and hamburgers, with games for children and adults in the park, like the bean bag toss, toilet paper toss and push-rod drop.

The most unusual part of the day, perhaps, is the poker run that starts around 1:30 p.m. Drivers take their cars to five different stations located throughout Torrington, where they compete in games to win cards. The driver with the best hand at the end of the run wins the pot.

Meanwhile, the cow chip competition continues at the park. Competitors climb aboard a Rocket, a makeshift bull with a saddle on top, and compete for distance throwing cow chips.

Around 4 p.m., the day comes to an end, when trophies and prizes are awarded to winning players and cars.

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