The 12th annual Spring Break Extravaganza Car Show and Fly-In will take place March 16 at Millar Airfield west of Maricopa at 53510 W. McDavid Road.
The annual event is free for spectators and there is a $20 fee for car show participants to register in 19 car, truck and bike classes. The event opens at 8 a.m. and ends after trophies are presented, which begins at 1:30 p.m.
The fly-in part of the day is a monthly flight sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association. Twice a year, aviators fly into Millar Field for breakfast with Col. Chuck Millar.
The car show is sponsored by “Big” Mike Kerr and Maricopa Wings and Wheels.
“We have cars, trucks motorcycles, airplanes, helicopters,” Kerr said. “Every year we have a live band. We have a 16-piece swing band coming and they are just awesome.”
The Aviation Veterans of Arizona also has a museum at the airfield and pays for the band to perform.
Kerr said on average about 50 to 60 cars enter the car show annually.
“We had about 70 airplanes out here last year. The first year we only had about 10 airplanes. The airplane part of it has gone crazy. We get some pretty cool cars out here. Every year you have some cars that are the same, but you wouldn’t believe some of the stuff that comes out of the woodwork. Some strange and unique vehicles,” he said.
Each of the 19 classes has trophy winners, and there is also a “people’s choice” trophy awarded to the vehicle picked by show attendees.
Other activities include rides in Millar’s military half-track, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, food and drink and hay rides.
“We try to have activities throughout the day to keep things going,” Millar said. “Just sitting by your car or your airplane – after a while you just get bored.”
Millar said there can also be fly-bys and parachute jumps during the day.
This story appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.