An overhead view shows the 2019 Clawson Lions Club’s Down on Main Street car show. The event will return to Main Street Saturday, Aug. 14.

An overhead view shows the 2019 Clawson Lions Club’s Down on Main Street car show. The event will return to Main Street Saturday, Aug. 14.

Photo provided by Clive Brown


Down on Main Street car show returns to downtown Clawson

By: Kristyne E. Demske | Royal Oak Review | Published August 10, 2021

 A highlight of the Down on Main Street car show is the award ceremony. This year, organizers will distribute approximately 300 trophies.

A highlight of the Down on Main Street car show is the award ceremony. This year, organizers will distribute approximately 300 trophies.

Photo provided by Clive Brown

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CLAWSON — For the 23rd year, the Clawson Lions Club will present its largest fundraiser, the Down on Main Street car show, on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Main Street, along with a block to the east and west of it from 14 Mile Road to the city limits, will close at 8 a.m. to allow for the anticipated 400-450 vehicles to park along the street. The event will be held rain or shine, and there is no cost to attend.

Clive Brown, a longtime Lions Club member and chair of the event, said the show was canceled last year due to the pandemic after organizers met with city officials and reached an agreement to postpone.

This year, Brown said, there will be hand sanitizer stations throughout the event and attendees are encouraged to don masks and practice social distancing. He anticipates more than 8,000 visitors at the show to check out entries ranging from antiques and street rods to muscle cars, trucks, boats, motorcycles and bicycles.

The judging process will begin at 9 a.m. and Brown anticipates handing out approximately 300 trophies to participating vehicles at the end of the show. A DJ will also be spinning tunes all day.

“To some people, trophies are a big thing,” he said. “We like to call them awards and give them out as a thank-you for coming to the show and donating so we can donate to charity.”

All proceeds from the show benefit local charities, including Leaders Dogs for the Blind, Eversight Michigan, the Beaumont Silent Children Fund, the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, and other charities and projects throughout the year.

The Lions will also be selling T-shirts, posters, popcorn, water and soda. The Church at Clawson, 655 S. Main St., will host a variety of craft vendors, outdoor games, bounce houses and concessions.

The Clawson Eagles will also host a corn roast from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 14, serving corn, burgers and brats at their post, 174 Bowers St.

Additionally, Brown said, there will be a service honoring veterans in the middle of the day.

With this being the first car show since the death of its founder, Howie Airriess, Brown said the event will include several tributes to the lifetime resident, longtime Lions Club member and city councilman, who died Jan. 24, 2021, at the age of 73.

Brown and Airriess were good friends for more than 30 years.

“I was able to let him know we got approval from the city (before he died), and he was elated,” Brown said. “We’ll have some awards with Howie’s name on them, there’s a (caricature) of him on posters we put all around town. His photo will also be on the banner on the trophy truck.”

He added that Airriess’ family will decorate a classic pickup truck with photos and memorabilia, as well as display a digital slideshow highlighting Airriess’ life on a laptop.

“This is also a big deal after what happened in 2020 for the businesses to have this day,” Brown said. “They’re chomping at the bit for this day to come and be successful, and how can anybody blame them?”

For more information, visit www.clawsonlions.org.

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