LIMA — After a two-year hiatus, the Rebel Run Car Show will make its way back to Allen County.
The 38th Annual Rebel Run will be at the Allen County Fairgrounds Sept. 15 and 16 after being held at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney in 2015 and 2016. Leroy Roby ran the event for the last 18 years before bowing out for health reasons.
The event will now be run by Max McCluer. McCluer took over the Kenton Water Dog Nationals after it appeared it would close in 2009. Now billed as Max’s Trader Days and Water Dog Races, it is one of the biggest events in the area.
McCluer said he is already getting plenty of interest for the 2017 event.
“It is a great thing for Allen County and the Lima area,” McCluer said. “People are already booking rooms at local hotels, and everyone is very excited. We are going to make the Rebel Run great again in Allen County.”
The event will feature a car show, which will have an early entry fee of $25 Jan. 1 to June 1. Registration is $30 June 2 to Sept. 14 and $35 on show days. The event will also feature a swap meet, commercial exhibits, food vendors and camping. The car show will include people’s choice awards, a muffler rap, burn out and flame-throwing contests.
McCluer said the show will be “mostly the same” of what regular attendees have grown accustomed to, but that a few possible new ideas are being considered.
“We might try a few new things and kind of feel it out the first year,” McCluer said. “Hopefully we can make the event even bigger and better.”
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