Ordway Days, also known as the Ordway Summer Festival, was in full swing rock and roll on Saturday morning at the Ordway City Park.

The premium car show of the Lower Arkansas Valley, run by Terry McMillian Auto Shop and sponsored by several Ordway and Lower Arkansas Valley merchants, had 92 cars registered. That looked like a lot of cars, but Melinda McMillian said the record was 137 in their biggest year, 2013-14. The car show is a non-profit, which uses their entry fees to award prizes.

Winners of the car show this year are as follows:
1900-1935 Class

1st Charles & Marylee Tucker with 1930 Ford Model A 2nd J R Baker with 1967 Ford Galaxy 3rd Dorothy Correa with 1923 Ford T-bucket


1936-1950 Class:

1st Dennis Salzbrenner with 1937 Dodge 2nd Patricia Nellor with 1946 Chevy Delivery 3rd Thomas Kissel with 1939 Buick Coupe


1951-1965 Class: 

1st  Smokey & Belinda Kurtz with 1958 Ford Sedan Delivery 2nd Dan Williams with 1968 Pontiac Lemans 3rd Bob Palmer with 1955 Chevy 2 Door Sedan


1966-2019 Class:

1st  David Carlile with 1974 Plymouth Cuda 2nd  Scott Morris with 1966 Chevy Chevelle SS 3rd  Lisa Bauer with 1967 Chevy Camaro


All Trucks Class:  

1st  Jimmie Martinez with 1940 Chevy Pick-Up 2nd  Doug Barela with 1932 Ford Pick-Up 3rd  Paul Wright with 1951 Ford Pick-Up


Cash drawings total was 2,550; $2,100.00 in T-shirts & hats for the participants; $910 in trophies; $400 in door prize merchandise. All participants enjoyed a free breakfast prepared by Pat Cole and the Olney Springs Fire Department.

Anyone interested in participating in the 2020 McMillian Auto Body Car Show can call Terry McMillian at 719-267-3046 and ask to be added to the mailing list.

City Councilman Joe Zemba was announcing contests at the central pavilion (a hula hoop contest was going in the middle of the morning). Vendors were selling their wares, from ice water and popsicles to curly fries, at stands all over the park.

People sat in groups in lawn chairs or walked their dogs while others played the cornhole games, pitched horseshoes, or shot baskets.

The Summer Festival is an annual event, which this year coincided with the Splash-in held at nearby Lake Meredith by the Seaplane Pilots Association.

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