Contributed by Russ Muller Photography
Geneva, Florida is probably not a place that comes to mind when you think of great car shows. Geneva is mostly a rural, agricultural community. But there is a 12 acre oasis of performance tucked away between the orange groves and horse farms. HorsePower Ranch is a unique and awesome location for a car show, and on October 30th they held their 5th Annual Pumpkin Festival Car Show.
I guess I can call myself a veteran of the Pumpkin Festival show, I haven’t missed one yet. Here are some pictures from previous years:
This year was a little different for me, as it was the first year I had a car to bring for the show. So instead of being at the venue early just to shoot the cars coming in, I was also one of the first cars to arrive. The show started at 10:00, the gates opened at 8:00, and I was there at 7:45 but I was hardly the first person there. Scott and Rachel McElroy, the owners of HorsePower Ranch, and 30 of their staff were already there and working hard to make sure the ranch was ready for the influx of horsepower that was waiting in the wings…
This is a big show every year. There were nearly over 200 show cars, as well as emergency vehicles from the Seminole County Fire Department. There was even a helicopter fly-over and a classic police car from the Sheriff’s office. Those vehicles don’t just show up anywhere, but they are a part of the show each year. That’s because HorsePower Ranch is a very active member of the community, and Scott and Rachel are big supporters of first responders.
Several of the local car and truck clubs came out in full force. The Outlaw Garage (and friends) brought about a dozen blown, pro-street cars. The Space Coast Mustang Club had 14 member cars that drove over from the east coast, the Mid-Florida Camaro Club brought half a dozen beautiful 5th gens, and the Classic Truck Club of Central Florida had nearly a dozen member trucks on display.
Seminole Harley Davidson brought out their 2017 model lineup for everyone to see. Food vendors were selling everything from hot dogs and Italian ices to slow-smoked barbecue. The pulled pork was really good, by the way. HorsePower Ranch had bar service available as well, so there was beer and liquor available for those who wanted it.
The car show was only a part of the activities on the 30th. There were bounce houses for the kids, pony rides, a petting zoo, and carriage rides that were pulled by either Hercules or Zeus, the Clydesdale horses that call HorsePower Ranch home. If you’ve never seen a Clydesdale up close, or had the opportunity to pet one, you owe it to yourself to visit. These magnificent beasts are beautiful examples of true horsepower…
Once again, music for the car show was provided by DJ Don from Cruisin’ Orlando. In addition to the great mix of classic rock that Don played, there was also an Elvis impersonator, and the Hawaiian dancers from Aloha Productions (owned and operated by Rachel McElroy) performed. There’s nothing quite like having a luau in the middle of a car show, and traditional Hawaiian dance blends remarkably well with classic cars, trucks, and hot rods.
The car show wrapped up with trophies being awarded. All of the awards were based on participant votes. The Best of Show trophy went to Maurice Boetto and his stunning ’62 Corvette. I didn’t win a trophy (didn’t expect to, either) but I did get to vote for cars, something that I wasn’t able to do in the past when I was just a spectator. All in all, another great show where a good time was had by just about everyone. I’m sure there’s already people looking forward to the 6th Annual Pumpkin Festival in 2017. Hopefully I’ll see you there!
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Here is a fly over video You Tuber BigBlok502