“Run to the Pines” 2009 Car Show and Cruise for Charity

Run to the Pines – 2009

The 26th annual “Run to the Pines” car show was this past September 25th, 26th, & 27th, up in Pinetop, Arizona. It’s a great getaway for a fun car show up in the cool pines. We had a good time, as usual, and the weather was perfect! The car show was fully booked again. The limit is 550 cars, so it fills up pretty fast. Even though most of the cars are from Arizona, there is a pretty good showing of cars from New Mexico, as well.  Money from this show goes to local charities in the White Mountain area. The Run to the Pines car show has donated over $220,000 over the years, to special needs in the community.

The event kicks off Friday afternoon with a “Cavalcade of Cars”, where car show participants meet up at a place in Show Low, then cruise from there and parade through Pinetop to the Hon-Dah Casino, just outside Pinetop. Once there, they have a “Welcome Party” with free Bar-B-Q, door prizes, music, and live entertainment.

Saturday is the main “Show & Shine” with lots of cool cars, trucks, & other unique vehicles to see. If you want, the Hon-Dah Casino has a shuttle bus that runs between the car show, the Casino, and the Fall Festival Arts & Crafts show. There’s something to do for everybody. They always have a Poker Run on Saturday afternoon, which is fun for a lot of people, too. On Sunday, till Noon, it’s the Show & Shine, then at Noon they give out the raffle prizes & trophies.
It’s a great show, and the money goes to great causes. If you want to go, you gotta book early! The show fills up fast, as well as all the local Hotels, Motels, & cabins. The dates for next year are… Sept. 24th, 25th, & 26th. 2010. Maybe we’ll see you there!

Here’s the full Picture Gallery from the Run to the Pines Event!

By Devin R. Squire (aka-“Rebar”)