The AppleJack Festival car show scheduled in downtown Nebraska City Sept. 22 will feature a new DJ, live music and the Christian Motorcycle Association linking the classics to the downtown carnival.

The festival normally falls on the same weekend as the regionally-giant show at West Point, Neb., but this year the River City Classics Car Club's show will be on the following week.

Cliff Cooper of the car show expects more entries and festival crowds of more than 6,000 spectators.

The River City Classics Car Club's 29th annual car show has potential to be the largest ever.

The AppleJack show has typically been held the same week as a show in West Point, Neb., that typically has 750 cars.

The West Point show will be held the week prior this year, however, and the last time the shows were on different weeks the AppleJack show set a record for most exhibitors at 250.

Cliff Cooper of the car club said if there is favorable weather, he would not surprised to see 300 or more exhibitors this year.

The car show extends from 11th Street down Central Avenue to the carnival on Sixth Street.

Rose Ralstin of Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce said the Christian Motorcycle Association is expected to help fill in the motorcycle category of the show this year.
ReLeasT, a Christian prison ministry band, is scheduled to play from 2 to 4 p.m. at Memorial Way.

Nebraska City Leadership Class No. 8, which built a stage in Memorial Way and is constructing a brick walking platform will serve food from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as a fundraiser.

The Boy Scouts will return for a "Rock, Paper, Scissors" competition at 1 p.m.
The car show features a best of show award and the Robert Lechner Best of Show stock award. This year, NCTC will be renewing the dignitary award, which has gone to exhibitors who represent the legacy of the car show and appeal of the automobile.

The last dignitary award went to a 1930 Cadillac that had been shown every year at the show until the owner passed away several years ago.

The car show is in its 29th year, so cars built in 1984 would have been brand new when the show started. Cooper said the early 1980s produced many classic cars.
"The 1984 Monte Carlos were classics the day they were built," he said.

Cooper said many of the 6,000 that view the car show are in Nebraska City for the festival and many have never been to a car show before.

He said it's encouraging for exhibitors to see people realizing how the automobile is linked to so many positive memories of their family and their past.

"Some of the people are new to car shows and we hear them saying how their grandpa had a car like that and remembering what their parents drove. There's something about the automobile that people relate to," Cooper said.