Unionville Summerfest Car and Bike Show returns, honoring late event coordinator

There will be lots of cars, activities and live music this weekend in Unionville as the annual Summerfest Car and Bike Show returns on July 16.

The annual summer event is special this year, in honor of the late Don Carpenter, who was killed in a motorcycle accident last year. To continue his legacy and the show, his daughter Jessica Carpenter and best friend Rachel Kuhl decided to carry on.

“Jessica and I decided we couldn’t let this wonderful event die because it had been here longer,” said Kuhl, the event coordinator. “So we took over and with a lot of help from our motor show family, we brought this event alive in his memory.”


Donations and registration fees also go to a good cause this year, as all proceeds will go to the Village of Unionville. These funds have gone towards different city projects in the past, including building the Unionville sign, improving parks and libraries, and of course, children.

Each participant will receive a t-shirt and will be able to take part in other activities that will take place during the show, including a chance to enter a pin-up contest. The Mysterians, who have the famous song “96 Tears” and have performed at the annual show for years past, will also perform live. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase to win cash prizes and more.

New this year, there will be two food trucks for attendees’ food and beverage needs.

“I can’t wait to see the joy our auto show brings to people,” Kuhl said. “How happy it brings me to know that Don would be so proud that we continued his love for the show and his love for the community.”

Registration for the event opens at 9 a.m., as attendees can drive their vehicle to the park and check in at the registration table. The fee is $20 to get a car in the lounge and with that comes a goody bag full of different items. If you have any questions, contact Rachel Kuhl via Facebook or call 989-670-8600 for more information.

Maria R. Newman