Coast Guard Festival's Cruise-in Car Show brings record attendance

Dylan Goetz • Jul 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Al and Carole Scholten share the same passion — they both have a love for cars.

The couple brought a pink 1958 Oldsmobile convertible to the 24th annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival Cruise-in Car Show on Washington Avenue Sunday morning with hopes of winning a trophy by the festival committee.

And Scholten was the first award-winner to be called.

The couple won the Coast Guard Officer’s Selection award, and were one of six participants to receive a full trophy. Other winners were awarded dash plaques.

When asked how it feels to win an award at the car show, Scholten said it was “kind of usual.”

“You don’t want to sound arrogant, but you almost expect it,” he said.

Scholten, from Holland, worked for an Oldsmobile dealership for 32 years and they would promote Scholten’s love for cars by letting him attend the car shows as a promotional event. Now, after retiring, Scholten takes car shows all over the country very seriously.

Classic and antique cars lined  Washington Avenue, from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.,  giving hundreds of viewers a chance to take pictures and look over the vehicles.

Event organizer Barb Bytwerk said there was a record number of attendants at this year’s car show. With about 400 cars, the streets, from Harbor Drive up to Fourth Street, were packed.

“I’m pretty sure we’ve hit our record in attendance,” Bytwerk said. “I have never seen this many people at the show like this year.

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