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Morgan Hill gears up for its annual fall event

RAD RIDES The 28th annual Taste of Morgan Hill brings more than 200 cars and an array of arts, crafts, music and food vendors. Photo: File art

The streets of Morgan Hill will be rumbling this weekend with the Classic and Custom Car Show, part of The Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce’s 28th annual Taste of Morgan Hill weekend celebration.

The Classic and Customs Car Show expects to draw 200 plus rides on Saturday and Sunday. Vehicles of any year or manufacture ranging from classics to late model cars and trucks will be on display.

Dusty Perryman, Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce Car Show chair, says he anticipates plenty of American classics and muscle cars as well as many late model and import vehicles. Everything from dragsters, open-wheel race cars, dune buggies and British classics will be on exhibit. According to Perryman, vehicles can range from pristine show cars, daily drivers, in progress projects or rat rods.

Votes will be cast by car show participants and attendees for prizes awarded in six categories: best American, best import, best truck, best specialty vehicle, best hood ornament and the ‘vehicle you would like to take home’. First and second place contestants will be awarded with handmade trophies.

Beyond eye candy for car lovers, the Taste of Morgan Hill includes interesting attractions for all ages. The event, which usually attracts upwards of 50,000 visitors over the two days, is a fundraiser for the Morgan Hill Chamber designed to continue its programs and community outreach, says event director Sunday Minnich.

The historic downtown streets will be lined with artisan craft booths, local wine and craft beers as well as food from local restaurants and gourmet food vendors. Live musical performances from two stages and a kid’s fun zone provide the action for little tikes.

In her first year producing the festival, Minnich says there are some welcome changes to the event.
“We’ve expanded our kids zone and added a kids stage,” says Minnich. “And, we’re doing an evening concert on Saturday night with Pacific Soul from 7-9pm.”

Minnich says they’ve changed some of the layout and focused on bringing more quality arts and crafts to the festival.
Artisans will be showcasing everything from mosaic fire pits and beautiful jewelry, clothing, pottery and skin care, even handmade handbags and art by photographers and painters.

The South Valley Quilt Association and Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center will also be offering shows to the public.

The 28th annual Taste of Morgan Hill will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10am-7pm, with a street dance and concert from 7-9pm and Sunday, Sept. 24, from 10am-6pm. It all takes place on Monterey Road between Dunne and Main in beautiful, historic downtown Morgan Hill. Vehicle check for the Classic and Custom Car Show is from 6:15-9am at the Community Center at Church St. and Dunne Ave.