Last Bijou car show on Westside

       The third and last car show for the Bijou School on the Westside will be Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
       It could be the biggest one of all.
       The event - officially titled the Classic, Street Rod & Antique Car Show - drew 67 vehicles last year, and the goal this year is to hit the logistical maximum of 80. “If we get our 80, we're going to have to park them in front of the school,” grinned campus supervisor and event organizer Dave Fisher.
       The event is free to attend, but a fee is charged to show a vehicle.
       Earnings go into an established fund that will provide a $500 scholarship to this year's top Bijou graduate, he said.
       The location is the old Whittier school site at 2904 W. Kiowa St., which the alternative high school has called home since Fall 2009. Under School District 11's “optimization of utilization” plan, approved by the Board of Education in February, Bijou will be relocated this fall into a new grouping of district alternative programs at the former Wasson High School campus.
       Fisher said he hopes to have a fourth annual show at that location a year from now. “It will be a challenge because of the new environment, but I love every student at the Bijou School and all of this effort is for them,” he said.
       As in 2011 and '12, the cars this year will be brought in by individuals, many affiliated with area car clubs, who have fixed up vehicles in different ways. Last year's show also featured customized bicycles, plus various side activities and entertainment.
       Fisher said he is still pulling such extras together for April 27, but expects to have the following: balloon animals, face painting, a bounce house, a chance to hit a wrecked car with a hammer, vendors, concessions, an Elvira impersonator, Indian dancers and a watermelon seed-spitting contest.
       For more information, or to enter a car, call Fisher at 200-6477 or e-mail

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