Kiwanis of the Rockies Hosts 25th Annual Cruise for Food Car Show to Benefit Weld Food Bank

They came in coupes and trucks, some old, some new. Some were painted while others were patched with Bondo putty.

No matter what they looked like, how they ran, or how old they were, they all showed up to support an important cause: The Weld Food Bank.

On Friday, as clouds rolled over Greeley, car enthusiasts pulled into the parking lot of the Weld Food Bank, 1108 H St., for the 25th annual Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food car show.

Participants paid a small entry fee and donated a non-perishable food item to support the food bank. At the club’s 2021 show, they donated about $3,000 to the Weld Food Bank.

As one of the co-founders of the annual car show, Craig Smith has organized and assembled participants and sponsors for the show since its inception. While his cohort in organizing the show has moved on, the event still remains Smith’s “baby.”

GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 05: Galloping horses adorn the inside of the hood of Mike Yost’s 2014 Ford Shelby GT 500 during the Kiwanis Club of the Rockies’ annual Cruise for Food car show, a Weld Food fundraiser Bank in Greeley, Aug. 5, 2022 The fundraiser, now 25 years old, benefits the Weld Food Bank. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

“We used to do a car show for the United Way and I said, ‘Why don’t we do one for the food bank?’ Because we did a tour of the food bank when it was by the railroad,” Smith said. “The first one we did, we wanted 50 cars and got 83.”

For Kaden Mighell, 22, of Greeley, the show was a chance to show off his latest project: a 1967 VW Beetle.

“I built it pretty much from scratch a few years ago and was just trying to get around it and get it set up right,” he said. “My mother is part of the group performing the show tonight. It’s close enough that I won’t break.’

Mighell plans to work on the little car’s suspension so it “rides a little straighter” and the brakes.

“The brakes are also a big thing. I need to put better brakes on it,” Miguel said, laughing.

Parked in neat rows, hoods up, trucks open and hoods down, cars of all different makes, models and years awaited the crowd of admirers as their proud owners sat nearby, ready to tell each car’s unique story.

Manny Sosa’s 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible earned recognition as one of the top five cars in the show.

“I had two of them earlier in the day and I just had to get one more,” he said.

GREELEY, CO - AUGUST 05: From left, Bryce Blackburn, Xavier Blackburn and Fannessy Blackburn look on at Manny Sosa's 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass during the Kiwanis Club of the Rockies' annual Cruise for Food car show fundraiser in Weld Greeley Food Bank August 5, 2022 The fundraiser, now 25 years old, benefits the Weld Food Bank.  (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 05: From left, Bryce Blackburn, Xavier Blackburn and Fannessy Blackburn look on at Manny Sosa’s 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass during the annual Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food car show fundraiser in Weld Greeley Food Bank August 5, 2022 The fundraiser, now 25 years old, benefits the Weld Food Bank. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

With its immaculate black paint adorned with army green stripes and matching interior, Sosa’s ride was listed as one of the top five cars of the show.

Along with the car’s excellent condition, it’s the little details – the shiny chrome wheels, the misty dice hanging from the driver’s mirror and the dice detailing on the door locks and air grabs – that have caught the lookie-loos’ attention

While earning a spot in the show’s top five was a bonus, Sosa’s main inspiration was to help support the community and the local food bank.

“I try to be involved in anything that’s local,” he said.

GREELEY, CO - AUGUST 05: Zar adorns the door lock of a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible owned by Manny Sosa during the annual Kiwanis Club of the Rockies Cruise for Food car show fundraiser at the Weld Food Bank in Greeley , Aug 5, 2022 The fundraiser, now 25 years old, benefits the Weld Food Bank.  (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)
GREELEY, CO – AUGUST 05: Zar adorns the door lock of a 1969 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible owned by Manny Sosa during the Kiwanis Club of the Rockies’ annual Cruise for Food car show, a Weld Food Bank fundraiser in Greeley on August 5, 2022. The fundraiser, now 25 years old, benefits the Weld Food Bank. (Alex McIntyre/Staff Photographer)

The Kiwanis Club of the Rockies is a non-profit organization and part of the Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis, which was chartered in 1918.

The club works to identify needs in its community and support those needs through service projects, fundraisers, educational opportunities and other events.

Kiwanis Clubs can be found in more than 80 nations. Each year, members host nearly 150,000 service projects and raise more than $100 million for families, communities and projects.

For more information on Kiwanis clubs located in Northern Colorado, visit https://bit.ly/3BHFBcA.

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