Ready to Rumble!0
Rat rods will converge in St. Maries this weekend.
The Rattitude Rod Rumble is Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20. This is the fourth year Darren Jackson Jr. and his crew have organized the event.
The event kicks off with the cruise at 6 p.m. Friday. Those who are looking to get a glimpse of the cars should plan to find a seat on Main Avenue. Organizers say around 15 to 20 cars participated in the cruise last year. Those who want to participate in the cruise should meet at 5 p.m. at the Railroad Depot.
The cruise will be followed by a drive-in movie at city park. Parking will open at 5 p.m. Those who come in a muscle car, classic car or rat rod will have access to VIP parking. People may also walk-in to the move. The cost for the movie is $5 per car load.
“Money helps us bring the movie and the show back next year,” Mr. Jackson said.
Concessions will be available at the movie. Back to the Future will be shown this year. The movie will start at dark.
The show is Saturday at Aqua Park. Vendors should plan to set up tables and booths before 8 a.m. The cost is $10. Mr. Jackson said there is room for more vendors at the show they just need to show up Saturday morning and pay the fee. Rat rods will begin arriving after 8 a.m. and the show will open up to the general public at 10 a.m.
More than 80 cars were at the show last year. Mr. Jackson said he will not know how many cars will attend this year’s show until the day of the event.
The show features rat rods, traditional, bobbers, choppers, lead sleds, bikes, wagons, jalopys and more. Awards are given in several categories including most rattitude, wish it were mine, lucky to have made it to the show and best patina.
Mr. Jackson said the public votes for each category winner. Voting forms must be turned in by 2 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. awards will be given out.
“You can really see someone’s personality in each car,” Amanda Beckner, who helps with the show, said.
“There is so much creativity that goes into each car,” Sean Ryan added.
Jodie Jackson agreed.
“It’s fun watching everyone’s face at the show as they look at the cars,” she said.
A pin striper will be at the show as well this year. There will be a swap meet and Drifter’s will provide food at the show.
Burnouts will return this year at 5 p.m. Anyone 18 years or older may bring any vehicle down to do burnouts. They will take place at the Jack Buell landing, which is right below the bridge at the end of Aqua Park. A single burnout cost $5 or $10 for unlimited.