BAXTER SPRINGS - Southeast Kansans are excited for many new opportunities, events and activities happening throughout the area. The recent 89th Annual Cherokee County American Legion Fair brought fun and excitement to the area, but you will find quite a few other fun things to do in Cherokee County this summer and fall, especially if you're an auto enthusiast.

Kansas pride shines throughout the entire state, so why not enjoy a little more that Kansas has to offer in these upcoming car shows for the area? Car shows are another exciting way to bring the family together, meet up with friends and have a fun time while checking out some special cars from days gone by.

Folks who own a unique car, classic car, muscle car or other vehicle worthy of entering a show, may want to consider talking to a vehicle transport company like A1AutoTransport to secure delivery of the vehicle to any of the upcoming shows. You can speak to a show host for more information on registration by checking the show websites or by calling.

Cowtown Spring Fling Car Show & Craft Fair

Who doesn't love a little arts and crafts? Thrown in some classic cars and you can make a whole day out of it! Rat rods, hot rods and every rod in between. With a very large craft fair, BBQ cook off, so you can grab a bite to eat and great friends all around you. Live entertainment is also provided, so you can bring along those lawn chairs and see the bands in action. Being held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 6, 2018, at the Johnston Library on 210 W. 10th St. in Baxter Springs. Want more information, to become a craft vendor or enter your classic? Visit the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1699224913701299/ or call (620) 674-2310.

Maple Leaf Car Show

The Maple Leaf car show is one of the largest car shows happening in the area, with upwards of around 600 turning out. With a parade, car show and one of the best local groups of hotrodders, everyone is excited to come out and spend the day. With cruise night happening from 6 - 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, then following the next day with the car show and swap meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., there is a lot to take part in. Come out to 539 5th, Carthage, Missouri, for the excitement. For more information or to register your vehicle, visit http://mapleleafcarshow.com/index.html or you can call (417) 825-6773.

Mark Your Calendar!

There are also some fun annual shows that you won’t want to miss this year or in the coming years, so be sure to check for dates and times and mark your calendar so you won’t miss out on the fun times ahead.

Annual Route 66 Car Show & Cruise-In

Happening every year to show off the historic Route 66, bring in new traffic and show off those classics. With live entertainment, vendors and a BBQ cook off, there is a lot happening over the course of two days. Though the show for 2017 has passed, expect to see it come back around in July-August of 2018. Starting off on a Friday night from then continuing into all day Saturday, you can have a great time with people of the area and the cars they have to show off. For updates on the upcoming Route 66 car show and cruise in, check out http://kshistoricroute66.com/.

Bringing the family out for a little fun in the sun for time spent together is always a good thing. Meet with others that enjoy the same love of classics as you. With new friends from the area, the same love of cars and great times to be had at the show, it makes for a great event overall for one and all that come out and enjoy them.