23rd annual Border 3 Jamboree returns downtown By Jillian Chandler
With a passion for bringing people together to share in a love for classic cars, the Rod Benders Car Club was formed in 1999. For well over two decades, this classic car club continues to host monthly meet-ups, events, cruises, car shows and more.
Each year, as spring begins to transition to summer, the community eagerly awaits the Rod Bender’s Border 3 Jamboree. Always held the first Saturday of June, this year’s car show is set for June 3 and is sure to draw participants and attendees from near and far.
2023 marks the 23rd year of the Border 3 Jamboree car show. Each year, they see between 150 to 200 participants (from Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Canada) showing off their classic vehicles for the community to enjoy, as well as the chance to be recognized during the award ceremony. “Most owners who have restored their cars are very happy to talk about how they have restored them,” shares Kat Cowell, event leader.
In addition to the cars, there will be food vendors and shopping opportunities, a limbo and hula hooping contest, as well as additional activities for the kids. And this year, there's even more to be excited about, as the event will also include the Loud Pipes Contest—a chance to showcase your vehicle's thunderous roar and compete for the title of loudest pipes in the show. “We had someone who was willing to take it on and lead it,” says Kat. “We think the car community will enjoy it.”
Gather your family and friends to celebrate history and community with beautiful classic cars on June 3. Rain or shine, it’s sure to be a blast.
“We are a nonprofit club,” reminds Kat. “Every donation we receive and all profits from the car show go back into the community to support Distinguished Young Women, BoCo Backpacks, 4-H and more, or to put on the car show again!”
Registration to participate in the car show kicks off at 8am the morning of the event in the parking lot by Woody’s Pawn Shop and closes at 11am. Then the judging will begin, culminating with the awards ceremony beginning at around 2pm, with the day’s festivities concluding between 3 and 4pm.
The Rod Benders Car Club, which currently has around 20 members, is actively seeking new members to join. Those interested in joining can do so by attending their meetings every Wednesday at 5:30pm at the Chic-N-Chop. Membership is just $25 annually for a couple. Once you join, there is no obligation to do anything! “We welcome young and old, and you don’t have to have an old car to join,” affirms Kat, adding you just have to love cars and want the club to continue.