'The Hop' car show downtown this weekend

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Local residents will have an opportunity to view about 150 cars from about seven different states on Saturday.

The Hop, sponsored by the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday and Sunday in downtown Fort Scott. Residents will have the opportunity to browse '50s style custom and hot rod vehicles beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday morning and ending at noon on Sunday, Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism Katie Casper said.

The car show is being conducted by Stray Kat Kustoms, a Dewey Okla.-based company. In addition to the classic cars that will grace Main street from First Street to Skubitz Plaza, Stray Kat Kustoms will also have car-related vendor booths set up at the corner of Main Street and Wall Street, in the grassy area, Casper said. Casper said that the chamber's tourism committee will also have a food booth set up at this same location. The chamber's booth will be selling polish sausages and chips.

At 1:30 p.m. the music group Miss Major and Her Minor Mood Swings will entertain event attendees at Skubitz Plaza. According to Casper, the band plays "good old American country swing." The band, which will also perform at Rusty's Sports Bar and Grill at 8 p.m. on Saturday, is a Kansas City, Mo.-based band. According to its MySpace Web site, the band features Julie Major on vocals.

"Miss Major is Julie Major on vocals, Paul Coughlin on guitar, Mick Munoz on drums, and Tim Rose on upright bass. Miss Major has opened for renowned acts like rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, Johnny Cash's original band Tennessee Three, KC rockabilly kings The Rumblejetts, and sacred steel blues ensemble The Lee Boys," the Web site said.

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, there will be a Blessing of the Rides. The event will conclude at 12 p.m. on Sunday. According to Casper, all hotel rooms in Fort Scott are completely booked for the weekend event.