Sequim Museum & Arts Board of Trustees from bottom left, Nancy Goldstien, Bev Majors, Bob Stipe, Bob Clark and Bud Knapp; top left, Judy Reandeau Stipe, Greg Fisher, Hazel Ault (inside cab) and Trish Bekkevar stand where John Dickinson, owner of We Dig It Excavation, is preparing the ground for construction of Sequim Museum & Arts’ new exhibit building on North Sequim Avenue. Sequim Gazette photo by Erin Hawkins

Revving up for Sequim’s downtown car show

Sequim Museum &Arts is gearing up for its big fundraiser Sequim Prairie Nights with a car show, prizes, a 30-mile cruise and more.

Sequim Prairie Nights is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, in downtown Sequim on Washington Street between Sequim and Third avenues — Car Show &Shine.

The event started when Larry Perry’s dreams of a car show in downtown Sequim came true after he partnered with Judy Reandeau Stipe, executive director of Sequim Museum &Arts, in 2016 and together the event evolved into a fundraiser for the museum.

Sequim Prairie Nights also remembers the lives of Louie Rychlik and Nick Schuhmacher, two longtime Olympic Peninsula businessmen and car lovers whose old vehicles were selected for the graphics of the car show.

“Music, entertainment, drawings and lots of beautiful cars to see in one central location is our goal,” Perry said.

He plans to attract an array of vehicles both from within the Olympic Peninsula and beyond to stir the “old car” feelings in everyone.

A presentation of tools will be made to the Sequim High School Auto Shop at the bandstand on Washington Street and Second Avenue at noon. Tickets are being sold to support the cause and the winner with the lucky ticket will be the proud owner of a Sequim Police metal “kiddy car.”

Several other tools, gift certificates and prizes will be up for grabs during the day’s drawings.

The star of the show for the drawings will be the Gull Sign that stood on Washington Street for years.

A 30-mile cruise will follow the end of the car show and maps will be available both before and during the show so onlookers can see the parade of vehicles at their best, on the road.

Tickets are available at Sequim Museum &Arts, 175 Cedar St., open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday and from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 4 at the First Friday Art Walk.

Bruce Lindquist and Rich Odem have been organizing this event for months to coordinate this effort.

They still are needing volunteers to help direct cars. If interested in volunteering, e-mail

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