Annual Scarecrow car show in downtown Madison this weekend
MADISON — The Scarecrow Cruise and Show returns this weekend bigger and better than ever downtown at the historic Montgomery House as one of the region’s largest cars shows and is for kids too.
The 17th annual show kicks off Friday and organizers anticipate 500-plus cars including modern-day import tuners, Model A’s and Model T’s and everything in between with some 140 awards in various categories.
To accommodate the show, Main Street from Post Oak Road to Jones Street will be closed starting at 9 a.m. Friday through 4 p.m. Saturday.
“For easy access, local customers should enter downtown businesses via Highway 51 to Main Street,” the Madison Police Department said in a statement. “All event parking should enter via Post Oak Road to Madison Methodist Church or via Highway 51 to First Baptist Madison. All businesses will remain open and accessible to both local customers and car show attendees. Please check social media outlets for individual businesses on hours of operation during the show.”
Car show activities begin at 8 a.m. Friday with on-site registration followed by a poker run event and a trunk-or-treat event starting at 6 p.m. The car show continues at 8 a.m. Saturday with an all-day open car show under the shade of the trees at the Montgomery House.
“From a size perspective it looks different from a regular cruise-in event,” said Henri Fuselier, a longtime member of Madison-based Mississippi Classic Cruisers, the host. “You actually come to the show, do the show. There are judges that maneuver around and actually score the cars.”
Vehicle registration for those who would like to compete starts at $30 with no T-shirt and ranges to $130 with five T-shirts. Preregistration is available at msclassiccruisers.com or participants can register onsite starting at 8 a.m. Friday.
This will be the first time the show will be held on the grounds of the Montgomery House followed by a Cruisin’ for Cash event in which cars travel to locations throughout south Madison County collecting poker chips to be able to draw for prizes.
“We’ve got 15 different sites all across Madison County where these cars will be driving to and from on Friday,” Fuselier said.
Saturday’s events will begin at 8 a.m. and will include a Hope Hollow Silent Auction, Mississippi SIDS and Infant Safety Alliance Arts and Crafts event and more. Sponsor booths will provide giveaways and DJ Dave will be spinning records and holding trivia giveaways. The trunk-or-treat event will include a balloon glow.
“In 2019, we added a trunk-or-treat for the kids for the first time,” Fuselier said. “It was so successful that we're adding it back in for this year, too.”
Go to msclassiccruisers.com for more details.