Two of the longtime volunteers for the Philomath Classic Car Show sat down with me this afternoon at Philomath City Park.
At one point, I asked Jane Callahan and Adrian Ferbrache what I should call the committee when writing the preview story that I had planned. Philomath Classic Car Show Committee?
“We’re just a group of people who put on a car show,” Ferbrache said. “We take notes instead of minutes and basically just volunteer to do whatever chores we need to do when we can do them.”
A lot of organizations out there are probably a bit more formal about the details but the organizers of this particular event know each other very well.
“We’ve all done this for so many years together, it’s not like it’s totally a mess,” Ferbrache said. “We all know what we’ve all done and even though the chamber was doing the administrative part of it, we knew basically what was going on — so here we are.
“A lot of this stuff that Jane and I are doing, we’ve done before lots of times,” Ferbrache added. “Jane and her husband have been at this for at least 15 years and this is my 17th year. So we’ve done a lot of it in the past.”
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Ferbrache made a reference there to the Philomath Area Chamber of Commerce, which had handled administrative oversight duties in recent years.
“Shelley (Niemann) was incredible and as chamber director, she took all of that load off of us for three or four years and now we’re just doing it all again,” Ferbrache said. “The challenge has been to find the time to try to do this stuff during business hours when everybody else is around.
“We’re later than we’ve been (getting everything prepared) but it’s still done before the show and we all feel good about that,” he added.
The organizers are getting up there in years and wouldn’t mind leaving the show to some younger volunteers. They’re always on the lookout for people that want to help out, especially those who would find it a lot of fun to organize it all.
Ferbrache said the longtime volunteers “would really like to pass the torch but we’re concerned about the future of the show if we do that. Thus far, we have not gotten to that point. None of us are really sure.”
So as you’re out there enjoying the car show on July 13, say hi to those volunteers, take a good look around and soak in what it brings to the community. For those looking for an opportunity to take on some responsibilities with this longtime local event (the show is in its 22nd year this summer), get in touch with the organizers. They’ve been working hard on this event for a lot of those years.