Apr. 27—THOMASVILLE — The 18th annual Show and Shine Car Show was hanging on early Saturday morning. It was to begin at noon.
With a forecast of severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail and heavy rainfall, the show was cancelled at 7 a.m.
"We knew we were having some bad weather coming in about the same time the show would start," said Thomasville Police Department assistant police chief Eric Hampton.
The 30 who had pre-registered for the Thomasville Police Department-sponsored show were from Florida, Alabama and Georgia, including car club members from Tallahassee and Valdosta.
Most register at the show.
"We were on our way to having a big show," Hampton said. "We have one car club that brings about 13 cars every year since we started the show."
The show averages 90 to 100 vehicles annually.
"We had 116 one year," Hampton said.
The show will be rescheduled, and Hampton said the date will be announced.
"People put a lot of time and effort into their cars and take great pride in them," he said.
This year, the show will honor posthumously Fay Hawkins, president of the Old School Classic Cruisers Association in Tallahassee. Hawkins died in 2020.
"He brought a car every year for about 13 years," Hampton said.
A memorial plaque will be presented to Hawkins' widow at the rescheduled show.
Trophies will be presented for first, second and third place for the Most Original car and for the Best Modified. The top prize is the trophy for Best Overall.
Prizes are voted on by participants.
Proceeds from the event go toward funding TPD summer youth programs.
Show pre-registration is available on the TPD website. The entry fee is $25.