Antique Auto Festival adds more sponsors and Friday activities

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The 47th Annual Eureka Springs Antique Automobile Festival, scheduled for Sept. 8-9, has added new sponsors and more activities for the longest-running car celebration in the Ozarks.

In addition to the new larger venue at the Great Passion Play, other event improvements include handmade trophies by local artist J.D. Harris, national car clubs, Red Cross Blood Drive and a Sunset Rally at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8. The festival will continue to feature a parade of autos through downtown Eureka Springs starting at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9.

Paul Miller, president of the chamber, said he’s excited about having new sponsors and events at the festival.

“The Sunset Rally winds around Beaver Lake, across the Little Golden Gate bridge and ending at the Crescent Hotel,” Miller said. “Festival participants have an opportunity to win some excellent prizes while enjoying the best cruising roads and scenery in North America.”

Early registration is available from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Passion Play. The festival begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, with another round of registration and a variety of vendors and photo opportunities. Judging starts at 9 a.m., and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. for more than 30 categories.

The car entry fee is $25, and vendor space costs $50. For more information, visit or contact Jessica Wheeless at or call 479-253-8738.

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