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Maynard’s annual Father’s Day classic car, truck and bike show will return for the first time in two years on Sunday at the Maynard Ballfield. Vintage vehicles of all kinds will be on hand, and retro music will fill the air, as will the aroma of flame-grilled rib and chicken dinners. (File photos by Eric Ayres)

A longtime landmark of Father’s Day in the Ohio Valley, the annual celebration of dads and vintage vehicles has been on hiatus since the COVID-19 pandemic curbed public gatherings two years ago.

This year’s event, hosted by the Maynard Sportsman Club, is set to rev the engine in a bid to get back in shape and kick off the summer season.

“We hope to have a good turnout this year,” said Howard Stoner, president of the Maynard Sportsman Club.

Stoner noted that in the past, local auto clubs have helped run the car cruise. This year, however, the Sportsman Club is sponsoring the cruise, which is judged by non-professionals.

Registration for owners of classic cars, trucks and bikes will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Maynard Ballfield. The entrance fee is $6. Judging will focus on pre-1989 cars, trucks and motorcycles. Prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. in categories including Ladies Choice, Park Choice, 3-Bike, Best of Show and Top 20.

While the car cruise is always a local favorite for participating classic vehicle owners, the event itself is a local favorite for those who enjoy celebrating Father’s Day by spending time with loved ones.

Once a booming mining town, Maynard is now a quiet, mostly residential neighborhood nestled in the Wheeling Creek Valley just north of St. Clairsville near Belmont County Road 5. Besides Legion baseball games American and family reunions at the Maynard Ballfield, the annual Father’s Day celebration is among the few events that draw fanfare to the city.

Marking the 24th annual event this year, the Maynard Father’s Day Classic Car, Truck and Bike Show is also one of the few – if not the only – traditional Father’s Day event held each year in the Ohio Valley. .

As longtime fans of the event will attest, grandfathers and classic cars have a lot in common – they may be old, but their vintage features usually exhibit immeasurably admirable qualities.

The laid-back atmosphere at the Maynard Car Show for Father’s Day is always brimming with “dad vibes.”

During Sunday’s event, a DJ will spin retro music from the 50s, and there will be an array of traditional fare for purchase.

“We’ll have 130 chicken dinners and about the same amount of rib dinners for Sunday,” Stoner said, noting there will also be burgers, hot dogs, side dishes, drinks and more. Again. “People were happy to hear that we’re bringing him back. We are really looking forward to it; it’s gonna be a lot of fun.

A 50/50 raffle and door prizes will also be available at the event. The show will be open to the public from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 19.

For more information on the 24th Annual Maynard Ballfield Father’s Day Classic Car, Truck and Bike Show, contact the Maynard Sportsman’s Club at 740-695-9008.

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