DAYTON — Celebrating its 25th year, All Wheels Weekend will again take over Dayton’s streets with more than 400 cars, trucks and motorcycles expected for display this weekend.

Created in the early ’90s with the aim of drawing visitors to Dayton’s newly restored Main Street, All Wheels Weekend has grown into one of the most popular car shows in the region. According to organizers, participants come from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and California to be a part of the event.

Along with cars and motorcycles, this year’s show will feature the first All Wheels Weekend antique tractor show. The vintage farm machines will be on exhibit all day Saturday in the HomeStreet Bank parking lot.

Festivities will officially get underway at 6 p.m. Friday with a live classic rock and roll concert on the Columbia County Courthouse lawn. 

Opening ceremonies will follow at 7:30 p.m. at the HomeStreet Bank parking lot after which will be the cruise by show participants along Main Street and through downtown.

Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday will be the main event, the Show & Shine featuring hundreds of entrants ranging from classic muscle cars to brand-new hotrods to mopeds. 

Visitors are encouraged to meander by the parked vehicles and visit with owners while also shopping or dining at the vendors and shops along Main Street. 

Also taking place during the day will be the Outlaw Lawn Dragster Races and the Men’s “Drag” Races, where folks root for their favorite guy as he speeds down the street on his tricycle, all dolled up in his most fetching attire.

Other attractions throughout the day will include rides on the Spirit of Walla Walla hot air balloon and free children’s activities at the KidZone, including T-shirt painting, Putt-Putt golf, face-painting and a rock-climbing wall. Also, Jamie’s Rock & Roll Legends will play throughout the day on the Columbia County Courthouse lawn. The tribute artists feature favorites such greats as Buddy Holly and Elvis.

The day’s events will be capped by trophy presentations at 4 p.m. at the Historic Depot followed at 5 p.m. by the Demolition Derby at the Columbia County Fairgrounds

The weekend will wrap up Sunday with a Father’s Day Breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. at the fairgrounds. The final event will be a two-person, 9-hole Golf Tournament starting at 9 a.m. at the Touchet Valley Golf Course, which includes a chance to win a $10,000 putting contest.

Andy Porter can be reached at or 526-8318.

Andy Porter has been with the Union-Bulletin since October 2000. His beats include Walla Walla County, city of College Place, Washington State Penitentiary, agriculture, environment as well as a wide range of general assignment topics.

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