Elevated water levels won't dampen the 24th Loafers Car Show as Hannibal's recently-expanded flood wall keeps Main St. and surrounding streets dry. Show organizers are expecting well over 300 vehicles to show up for the rain or shine event on Saturday, May 10.
Loafers Car Club board member Allan Wideman said forecasts call for pleasant weather for the Friday afternoon barbecue and cruise and Saturday's car show. He said we are "very lucky to have that flood wall," and visitors coming from Illinois should have no trouble getting to Hannibal, but the Iowa Department of Transportation is reporting a closure on U.S. 61 north of Hannibal due to flooding and the parking lot on the river side of Hannibal's flood wall is closed.
Club members prepare goody bags and window cards for each participant and allow them quicker entry into the show. Wideman said that gates close at noon or when there is no more space to park vehicles, with 203 vehicles already pre-registered. There were 326 vehicles on display for the 2018 show, including hot rods, street machines, trucks, muscle cars, sports cars and custom vehicles.
The Loafers Car Show has been a local tradition for years, and its reach is growing. Wideman said the show has attracted more visitors like members of the Mid-American Chevelle Club in Kansas and participants from Springfield, Ill. The St. Louis Independent Car Klub (S.L.I.C.K.) received the club participation award last year, visiting with a large crowd and array of vehicles.
Wideman said the show atmosphere and the historic downtown venue combine for a fun day that isn't just about car culture.
"It's good to have all the businesses downtown on North Main," he said. "A lot of people come. The guys come to show their cars and talk to other car people, but the ladies can go to all the different shops and so forth."
Registration for the show is $25, and there will be 31 classes with three trophies awarded in each class. Trophies include Best of Show, Best Paint, Best Engine, Longest Distance Traveled and the Tom and Becky Award for their favorite vehicle.
For more information, call Wideman at 573-822-2927 or visit the Loafers Car Club website atloafersofhannibal.org.