All Wheels Weekend to rev up in Dayton

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DAYTON -- All Wheels Weekend turns Sweet 16 this Father's Day weekend.

The homegrown car show, which usually draws more than 300 shiny specimens and their proud owners, will celebrate with so many activities you'd be advised to take along a schedule so you don't miss anything.

Besides the centerpiece of the weekend, there will be two live bands, a demolition derby, weekend celebrity "Cher," fireworks and the popular men's "Drag" Race.

The Friday Night Cruise starts off the weekend on Main Street. The Coolest Cruiser trophy will be awarded at 9 p.m. and will be followed by fireworks.

On Saturday, Main Street will be filled with gleaming chrome, glittering paint and car wax polished to blinding perfection, as the Show 'n' Shine showcases vintage and not-so-vintage cars.

When your eyes ache from all the reflections, you can rest them by watching a performance of the Circus Ridiculous, a group of buskers who entertain with a 10-foot-tall unicycle, juggling, flaming torches and a must-see-to-believe balancing act.

Other diversions are vendor and food booths, wine tasting with Dumas Station Wines and the Outlaw Lawn Dragsters.

Following the presentation of more than 125 trophies at the Depot Courtyard, time trials and a demolition derby take place at the fairgrounds at 5 p.m.

Also at the fairgrounds is a beer garden, and the Circus Ridiculous will perform after the demo derby in the fairgrounds.

If music is your cup of tea, you can enjoy "Retread" at the Country Cupboard parking lot Friday evening, or hear "The Gems" perform 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the American West parking lot.

The Gems originated in Walla Walla in 1960 and played together through 1965. After a reunion in 2008, the band members have begun to play together again. Members are Duane Gusse, Lary Loney, Ron Overman, Jim Reid and Paul Wheeler. All but Gusse are retired from their careers.

Another feature of the weekend is a ride on another kind of wheels. They are speeder cars, small vehicles that run on railroad tracks. Tickets for the rides can be purchased at the Dayton Historic Depot.

Sunday's events include a Father's Day breakfast at the fairgrounds, and a golf tournament at the golf course.

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