Fastiques Rod and Custom of Southern Ohio presented the 32nd annual Pumpkin Run at the Owensville Clermont County Fairgrounds Oct. 5-7.
This year’s event was, as usual, a great success,” said Fastiques spokesman John Walters. “The vendors, the spectators, the exhibitors, and the participants all had a wonderful time. We had terrific weather and great attendance.”
An estimated 30,000 people came to the event to view and enjoy the more than 2,500 vintage automobiles this year.
“Each year we try and make it more and more of a family festival,” Walters said. “We brought more entertainment to the event this year, including bands, games, and clowns for the children. This increases the family value of the event so that people without cars can enjoy it more.”
New at this year's Pumpkin Run was a motorcycle safety display, featuring motorcycles from the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Clermont County Sheriff's Office.
"Motorcycles are not usually permitted at the event," said Fastiques President Frank Witt. "We made the exception this year because we have had a number of road fatalities involving motorcycles. The idea was to draw people over and then talk to them about traffic and safety awareness."
Founded in 1973 and located in Owensville, Fastiques, which is composed of around 50 member families, is a street vintage car club and a member of the National Street Rod Association. They have sponsored and presented the Pumpkin Run for the past 32 years as a great way for people to meet, share their love of antique cars, and, especially, raise money for charitable organizations.
To date, Fastiques has donated more than $475,000 to the Shriner's Burn Hospital. It is not yet known how much was raised at this year's event.
"We try and give the hospital $50,000 every year, and even the spectators donate," Walters said.
Fastiques presents donations to various charities each December at its awards and appreciation banquet. Along with the Shriner's Burn Hospital, they also donate to the Earth Angel Foundation, homeless shelters, and the Clermont County fair board for capital fairground improvements.
More than 100 awards were presented at the event's conclusion - these were awards for the best in show in many different categories.
The more than 50 Fastique club member families own a variety of cars (pre-1970) that range from street rods, custom cars, and classic cars.
The Pumpkin Run is the largest car show in Southwest Ohio with an average display of 3,000 vintage cars and trucks.