Olney Chamber hosts Olney in America Car Show
The Olney Chamber of Commerce teamed up on Sept. 10 with Rocky Hickam Towing and Katie Carls to produce a car show worth spending a whole Saturday on. OCC Director Deidre Brown, chamber board members, and volunteers worked diligently to make this year’s Olney in America car and truck show a stellar success.
This year’s car show included a market day, the brainchild of Katie Carls, and the first annual semi-truck show, hosted by Rocky Hickam Towing.
Olney Market Days is a monthly event that includes merchandise and food vendors in downtown Olney off Main Street. The 114 Truck show was created by Rocky and Lindsey Hickam, who own Rocky Hickam Towing. Both new additions to the Olney in America Car Show helped propel an already popular event to even greater heights.
Ms. Brown called the turnout at this year’s event “incredible.”
“I have to give credit to God for the beautiful weather and for the citizens of Olney coming out and supporting this event the way they did,” she said. “We ended up with 56 entries this year, almost doubling entries from 2021.” She gave “a big thank you to our sponsors, Beyond Faith Hospice, AJ’s Tree and Lawn Service, Branum Law, B-Tex Ranch, and to our title sponsor, Stewart’s Food Store. Also, thank you to Jason Pack of Stewart’s (also of the Chamber board of directors) for helping to organize this wonderful event.”
The chamber also expressed gratitude to “our car show subcommittee, Lindsey Hickam, Jason Pack, and Katie Carls, for helping to promote the event and for making sure we had a great turnout.”
“Chris Widner and his band, the Gravel Roads Band, did an incredible job keeping us entertained,” Ms. Brown said. “The bounce house was donated by the House of Mercy Enterprises. They generously donated their time and resources to make sure kids had a great time as well! Overall, the Chamber has chalked this up as another successful event and we could not have done it without the support of everyone that came out.” Lindsey Hickam, co-producer of the 114 Truck show also praised the community turnout and said the first-ever truck show “was not only a time to bring something new to Olney and to the show and shine but also a great opportunity to educate our local community about what we do, how we operate and just allow them to get up and close (to the semitrucks). We are excited to begin planning for our next event for the 114 Truck Show!” The event hosted a chili cook-off and dessert competition as well, which proved a popular addition to this year’s event. Attendees filled downtown Olney with smiles, lively conversation, and laughter.
The following are the results from the day’s competition.
The 114 Truck Show: Furthest traveled: Tim Thomas from Cut and Shoot, Texas. 1st Place: Rocky Hickam of Olney Texas. 2nd Place: Don Haggart of Graham Texas. 3rd Place: Gary Haack of Denton Texas. AB Marquez and Anay Santibanez custom-made the trophies for the 114 Truck Show in their machining class at Olney Independent School District. Olney in America Car Show winners: 20’s to 50’s Stock: Gary Rowe with a 1931 Ford Model A; 20’s to 50’s Modified: Kathy McCoy with a 1957 Chevy Belair; 60’s to 70’s Stock: Jon Meador with a 1969 Shelby Mustang, 60’s to 70’s Modified: Gary Locke with a 1967 Chevy (No Model), 80’s to 90’s: Lloyd S. with a 1986 Fiero Turbo; 2000-2009: Tim Moreland with a 2005 Chevrolet Pickup; 2010-2022: David Docking with a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette; Motorcycles: Lupe Garcia with a 2006 Motorcycle; Low Rider: Ronde Nino with a 1964 Chevrolet Impala Rat Rod: Johnny Clayton with a 1937 Plymouth Off-Road: Tyler Allen with a 1985 Chevrolet K5 A Work in Progress: Roy Richards with a 1971 Chevrolet C-10 Furthest Traveled: Guest of Victor Bretting (B-Tex Ranch) that traveled from Midlothian Texas and People’s Choice Award: Tyler Allen with the 1985 Chevrolet K5 Blazer. Chili cookoff winner: Browning’s Den cooking several chilies took first place with their spicy chili, second place for their regular chili and spiciest chili award. Chili Mama’s took the Preachers Favorite award. Randal’s took third place.