Jeep owners put their show and shine on

LISBON — Everywhere one looked in downtown Lisbon Sunday afternoon, there was a Jeep.

Despite the heat, the Lisbon Area Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Jeep Show and Shine drew an appreciative crowd to not only enjoy the live music but good food all day.

East Liverpool resident Skip McCullough was just one of the many residents who entered vehicles into the contest, which was judged by the Tri-County 4 Wheelers. McCullough, who also owns Meadowbrook Nursery and Landscape, admitted he took three of his finest vintage Jeeps out of storage in Lisbon for the discriminating crowd.

The trio were three of the nine operational Jeeps he has in his collection, McCullough explained. A 1952 vintage Jeep with the word PHAETON across the front windshield, he added was purchased from Hemmings, which is the largest collector car website in the world.

He explains that this vehicle was purchased directly from the U.S. Army in 1991, and it took six weeks of work and a cost of $6,000 to get it running safely. “It is the only true military vehicle here,” McCullough notes.

Up to 150 total vehicles were eligible for entry for the event, which cost $10 each and received a swag bag, including a dash plaque and a flashlight keychain as well as coupons and discounts for local stores and eateries.

Meet and greet activities for held for the kids throughout the days, followed by judging and awards given for each of the 12 classes, which included Best Wrangler, Best Grand Cherokee, Best Jeep Truck, Best Bone Stock, Best of the Best and Most Trail Ready.

A 50/50 raffle and a basket drawing was held to benefit the downtown historic district and official Show and Shine t-shirts could be purchased for $15 each.

Sponsors included 4 Wheel Parts, Kentrol Inc., Fishbone, Valley Truck Outfitters, Crowne Automotive and Tailgunners as well as R&R Paving, Numbers Brewing Company, and Dashing Divas Boutique.

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