VAN ALSTYNE — The Friends of Scouting in Van Alstyne are busy preparing to host its annual Scout Car Show on June 16. This event serves as one of two primary fundraisers to cover all the necessary costs of providing a safe and secure meeting place for all of the scout groups in the community, as well as a scouting history museum for the entire Texoma region.


A new sponsoring partner for this year’s event is the Mantua Masonic Lodge No. 209 of Van Alstyne, which will be providing free kites, while supplies last, for all the children in attendance. Other child-friendly activities include a pinewood derby car race in which everyone can participate — not just the scouts — and fingerprinting of kids as a service to families in the community.


“We really want to make this an event for the whole community, to come out and see what the scouts have been up to, as well as to enjoy a beautiful day checking out some really amazing vehicles,” Scoutmaster Daniel Baez said. “We are putting together a full-range of family-friendly activities, including our favorite Elvis impersonator who will be back once again to emcee the event and provide great musical selections for the entire day.”


The event will feature cars ranging from the 1920s to newer models, as well as low-riders, motorcycles and other special groups. A number of classes will be judged, with six special awards including “Best of Show” and “Scout’s Choice.” Registration is $20 before June 13 or $25 on the day of the show.


The group is still in need of additional sponsors to help support the event so that it will be a successful fundraiser. Vendors are invited out to display and sell their wares, at the same registration rates as for the cars. The scouts will be selling pulled-pork sandwiches and grilled corn on the cob, which were the favorite concession items from last year, along with hot dogs, barbecue chicken and other kid-friendly foods.


Events get under way with registration at 8 a.m. running through 11:00 a.m. Cars will be judged at 11:30 a.m. and awards will be presented at 2 p.m., with the fun lasting throughout the afternoon. Texoma Regional Blood Center will also be onsite all day to take donations, continuing the scout tradition of contributing to the needs of the community.