Car shows this summer offer free entertainment where you'll see vintage automobiles, hear cool tunes and have family fun.
While May marks the beginning of the summer tourist season at Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks, it also marks the beginning of classic car season, with two separate events bringing in thousands of spectators for vintage automobiles, cool tunes and family fun.
Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals, the largest car show of its kind in the Midwest, takes place May 3-5 along the historic Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark.
The Magic Dragon Street Meet, which takes its name from the serpentine-shape of the Lake of the Ozarks when viewed from the air, is celebrating its 31st year this May. This car show is open to a variety of makes and models and attracts roughly 10,000 attendees over the course of the weekend.
Magic Dragon is free to attend and features 1,000 registered vehicles spanning 30 different judging categories, ranging from the early 1900s to present day for "street rods," "rat rods," "street machines," "muscle cars," trucks and motorcycles.
The Bagnell Dam Strip will be closed to traffic on Saturday, May 4 so there will be ample display parking for the registered vehicles allowing the public the opportunity to get close-up views of these pristine autos.
In addition to all the vintage vehicles, there will be a special visit from the legendary Big Foot "monster" truck, along with a car-crushing demonstration at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Firestone Alley, located near Two-Bit Town on the "Strip." Attendees also will have the opportunity to meet the driver of Big Foot and get autographs as well. Other Magic Dragon events and activities include
a make-and-take model building station for children, golden oldies broadcast live on location by deejays from "Cool" 102.7 FM, a 50/50 raffle and a drawing for a brand new muscle car.
Show hours for the Magic Dragon Street Meet are 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sunday. Winners of the poker run, 50/50 raffle, and drawing for the new muscle car will be announced from the main stage located at Lake Ozark Live, 1508 Bagnell Dam Boulevard, at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Judging of the show vehicles will take place Sunday morning from 9-11 a.m. Winners in 30 different competitive classes and the overall grand champion will be announced at 1 p.m. at the main stage.
For more information on the Magic Dragon Street Meet, including a full schedule of events and judging categories, visit www.MagicDragonCarShow.com, or like the event's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MagicDragonStreetMeet.
The party continues the next weekend with the kick-off of the 2019 Hot Summer Nights cruise-in events. Hot Summer Nights, which has been named the best annual event at the Lake of the Ozarks by Lake Lifestyles magazine, features more cool cars and family fun.
The free five-part cruise-in takes place from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. on the second Friday of every month (with the exception of September, when it will be held on the first Friday of the month), rain or shine, with the first Hot Summer Nights event on Friday, May 10.
Thousands of visitors attend each Hot Summer Nights event, making it the largest cruise-in in Missouri. The overall theme for this year's Hot Summer Nights series is "Cruisin' Back to the Lake," but each monthly event has its own individual theme, too. "Summer Warm Up" is the theme for the opening event on May 10 and "Pony Car Rendezvous" is the theme for June 14. The July 12 event is all about "Hot Rods and Hot Cars" and August 9 is "Since '69!" The September 6 event is called "Salute to Our Heroes... Military, Police, Firefighters and EMTs" and is dedicated to all the men and women serving in uniforms.
For more information and updates on Hot Summer Nights, visit the event's Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/cruisehotsummernights/ or the event's website at www.HotSummerNightsCruise.com.