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Carroll’s growing car show has two women in the driver’s seat

August 25, 2018

CARROLL — Cars shows are fairly common in Northeast Nebraska.

But having two women in charge of one? Not so much.

Jane Dolph and Tina Dowling are the force behind the Cars-N-Carroll Show & Shine that will take place Sept. 23 this year, making the fifth annual event. Hours are noon to 4 p.m.

They received some valuable help from their husbands, families and numerous friends, but they’re in charge.

The idea for the show originated with Jane and her husband, Kraig, who actually live in Wakefield. They go to car shows regularly and own several classic cars. They could envision a successful new car show — but in Carroll.

Dolph and Dowling have a history of this kind of thing. They started started the Christmas-N-Carroll craft show more than 20 years ago. They ran it for 11 years before turning over the reins to the Carroll Fireman’s wives. The show continues on an annual basis the weekend before Thanksgiving inside the Carroll city auditorium.

“The first year we had no idea what to expect; we hoped for 30-40 cars to show up,” Dolph said. “To our surprise, there were over 100 registered entries that day and each year it has grown. Even with a chance of rain last year, over 140 cars filled the streets of Carroll.”

The goal is to reach 237 registered cars for the show, since that’s the population listed for the community on the official street sign.

The show and shine, which is a not-for-profit event and doesn’t charge to register cars or for people to attend, has the support from the Wayne County Visitors Bureau.

“To get people with their classic vehicles to come to the show, we to go to parades, attend other car shows and just talk to people and passing out our flyers,” Dolph said.

They also take advantage of social media and have a website for the show.

Each year, something new is added to enhance the show, such as live entertainment, feature cars or something for children.

New for this year is a Kids Show & Shine for ages 2 to 10. Children can bring their favorite bicycle, pedal car, pedal tractor or battery operated ride-on toy.

“There are very few days in the year where there isn’t some type of planning or work being done to get ready to make the show a quality family event for the area,” Dolph said.

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