Thu, April 02

Mingus to host car show this weekend
Auto students’ only fundraiser of year

COTTONWOOD - The Mingus Union High School automotive program will hold its sixth annual Car Show Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the school's east parking lot. The show benefits, and is put on by, the high school students in the school's automotive program.

"This is the only thing we do to raise money," said Sonny Rodriguez, automotive teacher. "We've never had to ask the school for money for our activities."

Rodriguez said he hopes the show will be bigger than ever. "Last year, we had over 100 cars show up.

"We'll take anything that anybody might want to look at," he said.

That includes classic cars, hot rods, customized cars, trucks and motorcycles.

"Anything," Rodriguez said.

No pre-registration is required, but there is an entry fee of $20 per vehicle. Judging begins at 2 p.m. Automotive students will do the judging.

"We try to give out 15 awards all together," Rodriguez said. "The kids are building the trophies in welding class."

Typically, the show has awards for 10 student-choice winners and another five administrative awards. The administrative awards will include winners chosen by Cottonwood Mayor Diane Joens and Clarkdale Mayor Doug Von Gausig.

This year's show will allow the students to enjoy putting their own vehicles on display. "We are running a student car show," Rodriguez said. "We want the students' cars, not their parents' cars."

He said the students' cars will be in a separate show area.

A new feature to the show this year will help people get rid of used automotive batteries. "If people want to clean out the garage and bring in old car batteries, we'll let them in for free," Rodriguez said. "We'll recycle them."

A few automotive vendors will be on hand. And the students will again offer donuts and coffee for sale in the morning, and hamburgers, hot dogs, chilidogs, chips and soda throughout the day.

"That's where we make our money," Rodriguez said.

He said a jump house will be available for the kids, and raffles will be held all day.

Rodriguez said the kids will hold an open house in the auto shop, and restrooms will be open in the auto shop and school cafeteria.

A $2 spectator fee will be charged, but kids 12 and under get in free.

The school is located at 1801 E. Fir St. in Cottonwood. For information contact Sonny Rodriguez at (928) 649-4449 or online at

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