Whimsy Wins for Fire Victims

Gold Rush Chuck, a regular at Pikes Peak Brewing Company won the Bonnie and Clyde Ford wheel for "Best in Show" with this 1932 Chevy 5-Window. When asked how he felt about taking home a Ford wheel in his Chevy, he said, "She's got a Ford front end and rear end."

Gold Rush Chuck, a regular at Pikes Peak Brewing Company won the Bonnie and Clyde Ford wheel for “Best in Show” with this 1932 Chevy 5-Window. When asked how he felt about taking home a Ford wheel in his Chevy, he said, “She’s got a Ford front end and rear end.”

The real winner of the Whimsy County Frog Festival and Show of Classic Conveyances has always been victims of the Black Forest Fire. We didn’t earn as much as we would have liked, but under the circumstances, every little bit helps.

Thanks to our sponsors, vendors, guests, and all the vehicle owners who participated on Saturday, we were able to earn $700 at the festival plus another $300 donated by Pikes Peak Brewing as a result of their sales round-up campaign. In total, we are donating $1000 to Tri-Lakes Cares to assist victims of the Black Forest Fire.

Gold Rush had to fight for his trophy, as Chad Crook's custom '69 Bronco rock crawler lost by only one vote.

Gold Rush had to fight for his trophy, as Chad Crook’s custom ’69 Bronco rock crawler lost by only one vote.

Our first year’s trophy for “Best in Show,” a Bonnie and Clyde Ford wheel, went to Pikes Peak regular, Gold Rush Chuck for his 1932 Chevy 5-window. It was a close call though with stiff competition coming from Chad Crook’s 1969 Bronco custom rock-crawler, which lost by just one vote.

We want to thank Pikes Peak Brewing Company for being part of our team to put on this successful event. We want to thank our key sponsors who helped make the event possible: Purple Mountain Jewelry, JJ Tracks Auto Center, Kiwanis and the Lewis-Palmer Key Club students, Bestway Disposal, and the Colorado Springs Gazette.

Jessica painted this slate of the Miller's cat featured in the Colorado Springs Gazette in August and presented it to Allison Miller of the J. Miller Band as a gift. The Miller's lost their home in the Black Forest Fire. Their cat disappeared from their temporary residence and turned up 28 days later near the location of their burned home.

Jessica painted this slate of the Miller’s cat featured in the Colorado Springs Gazette in August and presented it to Allison Miller of the J. Miller Band as a gift. The Miller’s lost their home in the Black Forest Fire. Their cat disappeared from their temporary residence and turned up 28 days later near the location of their burned home.

Thanks also to the many businesses and organizations who donated for door prizes and giveaways: The Sundance Mountain Lodge, The Stanley Hotel, Pep Boys on North Academy Blvd, Christian Brothers Automotive, Discount Tire, Big O Tires in Monument, and Fuse Salon and Boutique of Palmer Lake. Thanks to our entertainers: Dakota Nadal, The J. Miller Band, Dwight Hopper and his classic Farmall powered hay rides, and Mr. Bud Ford III who serenaded riders with his Mountain Dulcimer. And thanks to our food vendors: Cornmasters with their giant turkey legs and sweet corn on the cob; Bite Me sausages; and Repicci’s Italian Ice.

Finally, thanks to all the vendors who helped make the Whimsy County Frog Festival and Show of Classic Conveyances a destination point for the day: Cheery Checkerboard, Julie’s Naturally, Personalized Pet Tales, Linda Anderson’s Czech glass Jewelry, Lotion Bar Café, Bud’s Birdhouses, Linda Allen’s hand sewn creations, Jessica Rutledge’s baby boutique, and Monument land mark The Bead Corner.

Jessica behind her booth at the Whimsy County Frog Festival and Show of Classic Conveyances.

Jessica behind her booth at the Whimsy County Frog Festival and Show of Classic Conveyances.

We had a few technical difficulties in the beginning, but thanks to everyone who showed up early to help us work through those inevitable gremlins. We hope everyone who attended had a good time, had a chance to think about the cause for just a little bit, and we hope they will endeavor to shop local in the future, because all our small communities need the help and support we were aiming for on Saturday.
Happy Fall y’all!
Ribbit!

 

Here are more photos of the Whimsy County Frog Festival and Show of Classic Conveyances. To see them all, visit our Facebook page or see them on Pinterest.

We couldn't have a classic conveyances show without entering the Studebaker. But she wasn't eligible to win the trophy. After all, she's family.

We couldn’t have a classic conveyances show without entering the Studebaker. But she wasn’t eligible to win the trophy. After all, she’s family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dwight Hopper powered the hay rides with his classic Farmall tractor and Mr. Bud Ford III serenaded riders with his Mountain Dulcimer.

Dwight Hopper powered the hay rides with his classic Farmall tractor and Mr. Bud Ford III serenaded riders with his Mountain Dulcimer.

The dunk tank was a real money maker, especially with our good friend Bald Eagle talking it up in his diving gear.

The dunk tank was a real money maker, especially with our good friend Bald Eagle talking it up in his diving gear.

 

Our good friend Mr. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, posing next to a piece nearer to his period. Most don't know that we style our shop and our fest after Twain's legendary tale, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

Our good friend Mr. Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, posing next to a piece nearer to his period. Most don’t know that we style our shop and our fest after Twain’s legendary tale, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

Our friends and neighbors over at The Village Merchants entered, Pearl, their whitewashed classic Chevy Truck.

Our friends and neighbors over at The Village Merchants entered, Pearl, their whitewashed classic Chevy Truck.

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