DOS PALOS — About 1,500 spectators came to the 23rd annual Dos Palos Lions Hot Summer Nights Car Show on Saturday, but organizers are concerned there was not enough to see.
"Honestly, a few years ago it was really big. The last few years the (participation has been down," said Donald Vincent, a Dos Palos Lions Club member.
Vincent said the event featured about 115 cars, down 35 from last year's total of 150.
"There's about 50 in our little town that have classic cars that didn't show up. Our goal is to get them to attend," Vincent said.
He said there is a small entry fee to participate in the car show, but it only covers the expenses of putting the show on and shouldn't be deterring participation.
He said the show, which is held near Center Avenue and Blossom Street each year, is typically promoted by word of mouth or fliers being passed around town. Vincent said next year he'd like to see the Lions Club try newspaper advertising.
For those who came to the car show or were involved in it, everything from 1970s muscle cars to automobiles from the 1950s and beyond were on display. There were bands that entertained the crowd.
Vincent said a group once came to perform skits. He said the club may bring that group back to boost attendance.
The Hot Summer Nights Car Show does award cash prizes. This year Sharon Acevedo won $500 for best car and Valley Vintage of Merced won $500 for biggest car club.