WEEKEND — Classic cars, fun set for Shane Park fundraiser

PORT ANGELES — More than 100 classic cars will be on display at Shane Park in west Port Angeles for the inaugural Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day on Sunday.

Members of the Peninsula Dream Machines will showcase their cars in the two-in-one community fundraiser for a state-of-the-art playground at the park.

The Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day at the park at West Eighth and G streets will feature such traditional games as tug-of-war and a celebrity dunk tank.

The cars will be in the parking lot at 1331 W. Eighth St., near a sign that features an artist’s rendering of the playground and a meter that tracks the Shane Park Playground Equipment Fund’s progress toward the $130,000 goal.

Peninsula Dream Machines President Ed Upton estimated that 110 to 140 cars will be at the event.

Some are coming from as far away as Vancouver, B.C., and Oregon, Upton said.

The car show will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will have live music and food.

The Old-Fashioned Family Fun Day is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

“It’s going to be a kind of big event,” said Janet Young, Shane Park Playground Committee president.

“If this works out, we’re going to try to have it every year.”

Peninsula Dream Machines car club members will cook hamburgers and hot dogs.

Many games

In addition to tug-of-war and a dunk tank, the fun day will have face-painting, three-legged races, egg spoon races and other games.

“It’s kind of a combination event,” said Port Angeles Parks Superintendent Corey Delikat, who volunteered with local schoolteachers to be in the dunk tank.

Raffles for a BMX bicycle and mini-bike will be held. Tickets are $2 for the bicycle and $5 for the mini-bike.

A bake sale, with items priced at $10, will also be held.

All proceeds from the raffle, bake sale and Dream Machine registration fees will benefit the Shane Park Playground Equipment Fund.

People wishing to show their classic cars or other “dream machines” can check in at 7:30 a.m. with a $15 registration fee.

Peninsula Dream Machines is celebrating its 20th year raising money for “different organizations and people here in town that really need the help,” Upton said.

Raising money

The Shane Park Playground Committee has raised $23,000 to match a $60,000 commitment from the city of Port Angeles for the playground.

“Hopefully, we’ll get a pretty good chunk [Sunday],” Young said.

The park was named after Young’s son, Shane Fowler, who was 9 when he died after a construction mishap that occurred when the park was being built in 1973.

Bob Fowler, who founded Peninsula Dream Machines, was Shane’s father.

The committee has held several fundraisers this year, most recently at the Clallam County Fair.

The city has applied for a $60,000 to $80,000 grant through the state Recreation and Conservation Office to help pay for the playground equipment.

Delikat said he will find out Wednesday how the grant application ranks in Olympia.

Meanwhile, the Shane Park committee has scheduled fundraiser breakfasts for Oct. 9, 16 and 23 — all Sundays — at the Port Angeles Senior Center.

“We want to just keep going,” Young said, “and let the public know we’re still out there trying to raise money.”

Donations for the playground equipment, with checks made out to the Kiwanis Foundation, can be mailed to Shane Park Playground, P.O. Box 1064, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-417-3537 or at [email protected]

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