Cruise in to Grand Haven

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Others came from just around the corner.

In all, 200 classic cars were entered in the Coast Guard Festival 20th Annual Cruise In Car Show Sunday in downtown Grand Haven.

Three-year-old Zachary Artibee’s hat flopped into his face as he looked at a wood-paneled car on the corner of Washington Avenue and Third Street.

“Yes,” he likes cars; he smiled as his father, Dan Artibee, pointed out some features.

Down the street, Tom Elhart of Grand Haven and Gail Hood of Winterset, Iowa, used the setting to watch people and catch up on their lives.

“Our dads were buddies in the Army,” Elhart said. “It’s a long great story of friendship.”

Hood smiled as he watched children approached the pedal car painted to match his 1955 Chevy.

He wasn’t worried about anyone pedaling away with it.

“It doesn’t have a seat,” he said.

Although thunderstorms threatened, the sun came out and stayed long after the show concluded at 2:30 p.m.

Awards were presented to the top 35 vehicles in the show, many of which were chosen by current enlisted men and women in the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Elizabeth Butler, who was running the event with her husband, Matt.

Special awards were:

Kids Choice Award was given to Kevin Hirons, who had a 2000 Toyota Celica;

Executive Directors Choice Award (Mike Smith, CDR, USCG Retired) was awarded to John and Mirjam Madges, who had a 1957 Chevy;

Senior Enlisted’s Choice Award (Kristian Sova) was awarded to Ken Rolslar, who had a 1938 Hudson Terraplane;

Mayor’s Choice Award (Geri McCaleb) was awarded to Mike Manning, who had a 1967 Ford Mustang;

Commander’s Choice Award (Lt. Aaron Urbanowitz) was awarded to Frank Weiler, who had a 1934 Ford Phaeton;

Coast Guard Festival Chair Award (Jeff Bradbury) was awarded to Jeff Addlehoff, who had Ford/E100 Pickup.

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