Sunny skies kept the rain away long enough to make the third annual Autos and Oysters Car Show Saturday in downtown Apalachicola a success.
Despite a rainy forecast, close to 90 cars were on display, with 17 county residents participating in what turned out to be a gorgeous fall day. The Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department even got into the spirit, displaying their 1952 Ford Heavy Duty Fire Truck which was in service from 1952 to 1989.
The rain held off until the last of the awards were announced at the end of the show. In addition to plaques awarded for the Top 50 scorers, the Best of Show award went to Clyde Hollis of Hartford, Alabama for his 1948 Chevy Custom Panel Van.
Kenneth Sanders of Panama City won the Sponsors Choice Award for his 1955 Chevy. The Farthest Traveled Award was given to Walter Melvin of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, and the New South Cruisers from Dothan, Alabama won the Best Club Participation award.
The judging team was headed up by nationally recognized judges J.C. O’Steen of Tallahassee, and Howard Maxwell of Ocala. Also serving on the team were County Commissioner Ricky Jones, Robert Crosby, Bruce Winchester, and Car Show Committee Chair Tom Fugate.
The event was a downtown economic vitality initiative by Apalachicola Main Street to stimulate the economy in the off season. Logistical support was provided by the local Forgotten Coast Cruisers Car Club.