Numerous car shows take place in and around Dover, Ohio.
Every year a number of car shows are held in or near Dover, Ohio. The city has been a center for heavy industry, and in the second half of the 19th century its first blast furnace was commissioned to make steel, which was then rolled for the growing automotive industry nearby. Enthusiasts of classic, custom and vintage cars can enjoy many car shows in Dover and its neighboring cities.
Forest Heritage Festival Car Show
The Forest Heritage Festival is held at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds in Dover. One of the big events of this festival is the car show, which was held for the first time in 2010. The first 100 registrants receive a memorial plaque for their dashboard. The festival aims to enhance the public’s awareness of forest conservation efforts in the state, and proceeds are donated to the Akron Children’s Hospital. Winners in each car category are chosen by judges’ and participants’ votes.
Classic Car, Truck & Bike Show
New Philadelphia, four miles south of Dover, holds the First Town Days Festival every year on Independence Day. One of the many popular features of this festival is the Classic Car, Truck & Bike Show, which takes place in Tuscora Park in the center of the city. Registration costs $7 for any single vehicle, as of 2010, and the first 125 to register get a plaque for their dashboard. The car show runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Participants choose the top three vehicles in each category. The mayor and the Festival Queen each choose their “best” vehicle for a $50 prize.
Downtown Dover Car and Bike Show
The Downtown Dover Car and Bike Show takes place every August. As of 2011, the show is in its 18th year. The show, which is open to all types of vehicles including trucks and motorcycles, has entries dating back to the 1920s, sometimes even earlier. It’s hosted by Adventure Harley-Davidson of Dover, the Historic Canal Dover Association and the Kustom Kemps Club of Ohio. Registration for the show costs $10, as of 2010. The first 300 entries receive a memorial dashboard plaque. Proceeds of the event are donated to local charities such as hospice.