Critters Car Show Wrap-Up 2014 – Post Script by Eddy Pausch, Assistant Refuge Manager
Well, they did it again. Hundreds of car and critter enthusiasts from near and far migrated to the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge for the 7th Annual Cars For Critters Benefit Car Show on September 28, 2014. Heavy fog greeted the morning, but sunshine finally prevailed to provide an ideal atmosphere for all in attendance. By 10 o’clock when the fog lifted, we had a mixed flock of thunderbirds, falcons and roadrunners to place in the view finder. Yes, once again the last Sunday in September was an excellent day to see classic automobiles at the Refuge. The show, organized by your very own Ottawa NWR Association, drew a record 230 cars and over 800 people to the Visitor Center. The backbone of the show, Back to the Wild was here with an animal array to show the public and educate them on their important rehabilitation work. They had five different owls; a turkey vulture, six snakes, and a great display of emerging Monarch butterflies, letting everyone know how they can help this declining species. (Planting milkweed in your yard is one way to help. Follow the instructions in this link to learn more: http://www.fws.gov/refuges/news/MonarchButterfliesTrouble.html)
While you strolled through the mass of shiny vintage iron, DJ Cruisin Zeake spun the classic tunes of AM radio. And whether you were walking or catching a ride on the electric Star Shuttle, you had views of many of the cars of yesteryear, like a 1928 Chevrolet Speedster, a 1950 Oldsmobile..., a 1964 1⁄2 Ford Mustang, a custom 1968 Chevy C10 pick up, or a 1981 DeLorean. When one needed a break from the cars, the Refuge’s new tram was providing interpretive tours of the marshes.
As usual, the critter-themed classes were back, as well as other classes for all involved. Plaques were handed out in 19 classes based on peoples’ voting. A couple of the highlights included: Best Mammal went to a blue 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 owned by Paul King of Cygnet, Best of the ‘60s went to a 1961 Pontiac Bonneville with 18,000 original miles owned by Jim Garn of Toledo, and Best of Show went to an impeccable 1934 Plymouth Coupe owned by David Bacakof Port Clinton. The Long Distance Migration award went to Diane and Kevin Mark of Auburn, Indiana, who travelled at least 120 miles in their 2001 Chrysler Prowler to attend the show. The list of the class winners with photos are below. The event raised over $5,000 for the Ottawa NWR Association to benefit wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education and interpretation. Some of the funds will be used to improve your interpretive experience on the new and improved auto tour, soon to be renamed the Ottawa Ternpike.
A big ‘Thank you’ goes out to the following list of sponsors who donated the funds for the plaques and t-shirts: Treasure Cove Marina, The Beacon, Hartung Title, Bolte Realty, Baker’s Collision, Warnike Carpet & Tile Company, First Federal Bank, Tri-County Tire, Terry’s Towing, Bear’s Auto Repair, Lobo Graphix and TNT Horticulture Professionals. Thanks to all of you who came out for a great cause and supported this event; your participation really helped make it a success. The upcoming date for the 8th annual Cars For Critters Car Show is Sunday, September 27, 2015. Mark your calendars and come out and see your refuge, the critters and all the classic automobiles.
Thank you to all who participated in our membership drive and/or donated to the Auto Tour improvement fund!
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Throughout May, we had a raffle for a new pair of Zeiss Terra ED 8x42 binoculars to anyone who renewed or joined the Association...(as if you needed more incentive to join than helping YOUR National Wildlife Refuge!)
Congrats to SUZANNE RETA of California for winning the Terra ED!
Thank you to all of the new and renewed members of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association. We are proud to have your support!
Together, we can make a difference for Ottawa NWR!
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