By the time mid-afternoon Saturday rolled around, the heat index hit around 105, and 40 or so hardy souls were still visiting, all huddled under the available tree shade around the Nevada County Courthouse as the “First Annual Freedom Ride Car Show and BBQ Cookoff” Best of Show awards were being announced.

By the time mid-afternoon Saturday rolled around, the heat index hit around 105, and 40 or so hardy souls were still visiting, all huddled under the available tree shade around the Nevada County Courthouse as the “First Annual Freedom Ride Car Show and BBQ Cookoff” Best of Show awards were being announced.
Earlier in the day, an estimated 200 persons had come through to “oooh” and “ahhh” over some 30 classic and antique cars and enjoy all the barbecue and grilled chicken they could eat.
Dozens of persons were also observed simply showing up — and enduring the heat — long enough to pick up a few to-go orders to carry away lunch safe in the air conditioning of their cars and homes.
The new fundraising event brought together two attractions, cars and barbecue, in a group effort by the Prescott Lions Club, Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club, who were all seen in their distinctive colored shirts.
Funds raised over the weekend will be divided up between the three civic groups and used on community projects.
Daniel Plunkett of Texarkana walked away with the Car Show’s Best of Show award.