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Rods ’n’ Rhodies, Community-wide Garage Sale bring people around town

(Photos by Siuslaw News staff)

Florence Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed hundreds of people to the area last Friday to Sunday for the 10th annual Rods ’n’ Rhodies Invitational Car Show and the fifth annual Community-wide Garage Sale.

Chamber Executive Director Bettina Hannigan said there were more cars, more people and more events than in previous years.

On Friday, Three Rivers Casino Resort opened a Show ’n’ Shine for anyone to enter. It also sponsored four “American Graffiti” tribute cars to attend the show. Those cars made a special pit stop at City Lights Cinemas during a costume party social before a showing of “American Graffiti” on Saturday night.

Sunlight made an appearance for most of the weekend, showing 116 gleaming cars lined up along Bay Street in Historic Old Town Florence. From custom paint jobs to stock features, these cars reflected the best of the best.

The Poker Walk allowed people to see every car as they stopped at merchant locations.

The 2017 Best in Show went to Herb Sutton and his 1936 Ford 3-window Coupe, a stunning green beauty.

“This year, people could vote on a winning car,” Hannigan said. “That really got people walking around and looking at the cars, a lot more than had been participating in the past.”

The People’s Choice Award went to Ken and Cherrill Van Devender and their 1955 Chevy Belair.

As for the Community-wide Garage Sale, more than 50 sales dotted the Florence area, including estate sales, small single-family yard sales and neighborhood-wide events. Shoppers came from as far away as California to hunt for bargains.

“This weekend shows what the chamber tries to do — we get people around town,” Hannigan said.

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