Taft residents take two of three best in show awards

Everything went well Saturday at the third annual  Taft Chamber of Commerce Rails to Trails Car Show – great weather, a lot of entries and a lot of people having a good time.
Chamber Executive Director Kathy Orrin was asked if she considered it a success Saturday afternoon with the day's activity winding down.
“Absolutely,” she said without hesitation. “It's been a good day.”
There were 121 entries in the car show and Taft residents won two of the three best in show awards.
There were only three vendors at  the Farmers Market but that went well too.
“We would have had more but the paperwork took a little longer than expected,”Orrin said.
(Vendors are required to have a food handler's license)?The Farmer's market will be held every Thursday through the summer at the Fifth Street Plaza and a bigger turnout of vendors is expected. People appreciated the vendors coming all the way out here and  the vendors are very happy. They've done much better than expected,” Orrin said.
New chamber event coordinator Shannon Jones said sponsors for the car show included Accelerated Environmental Services, Speedway, Kathy Herm State Farm Insurance, Ed Herrera Insurance, Cookie Lee Jewelry by Peggy, Scentsy by Becky Long, Lee Patterson, Personal Style, Napa Auto Parts, Les Clark, Close Quarters, Digital Images, Harold’s Bike Shop, and Knuckleheads Custom Upholstery.

Here is a list of the winners provided by the Taft Chamber of Commerce:

Best In Show Car
Jerry Schuster, Taft, CA, 1963 Plymouth

Best in Show Truck
Raymadene Holstone, Taft, CA, 1948 Chevy Panel

Best in Show Motorcycle
Todd Moro, Santa Maria, CA, 2006 Harley Davidson FLHT


Class Winners
48-73 Stock
1st Charles Thompson
2nd Billy White
3rd Debra Ekdahl

55-57 Chevy
1st Benny Craig
2nd Tod Cavarrubias
67-73 Camaro
1st John Swartsfager
2nd Kevin & Jill Gipson
3rd Scott Royal

64-73 Mustang
1st Bob Johnson
2nd Laura Foster
3rd Larry Coburn

55-72 Corvette & Tbird
1st Bill & Joyce Andrews
2nd Jerry Schuster
3rd Allen Pieruca

Pre 48 Street Rods
1st Mike Young
2nd John Dennis
3rd Lindsey Post

1st Wyman Hunt
2nd Jim Griepsma
49-72 Truck, SUV
1st John Floyd
2nd Harley Craig
3rd Dusty Wise

58-72 Muscle Car
1st Jerry McKellar
2nd Barry Holstone
3rd Jerry Schuster

Pre 48 Antique
1st Danny Temple
2nd Jerry Banks
3rd Jack Loucks

Under Constr/Open
1st Stan Barrett
2nd Vic Etchsgorry
3rd Biller Finster

Motorcycle Old School
1st Wesley Soles
2nd Tim Healy
3rd Griffith Family

Motorcycle Custom
1st Harold's Bike Shop
2nd Sandra Bishop
3rd Shawn Foster

Motorcycle Street
1st Lewis Martin
2nd Toby Self
3rd Tyler Blaska