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Spirit of America Celebration
2013 Independence Day event
Join us in Recreation Park on Thursday, July 4th, for Raymore's 2013 Spirit of America Celebration, which features one of the biggest fireworks displays in the area at dusk. The event begins at 4 p.m. in Recreation Park (1021 S. Madison). Come out for live music, classic car show, and other fun events before the fireworks begin at dusk.

  • Classic Car Show begins at 4 p.m.
  • Kids' Games from 7 to 9 p.m. (provided by Raymore Assembly of God)

                    Games that will run for the entire time from 7 to 9 p.m.:
    • Tic-Tac-Toe: Game played on a large surface of the ground. Each player will have five bean bags that must launched from their “toes” to claim their square on the board.
    • Upside-Down Bean Bag Toss: Bean bags thrown at the target through the legs like hiking a football.
    • Potato Gun Target Shoot: Try your skill at the target using a “spud” for ammunition!
    • Boffing and Tug-o-War: A game played “King of the Hill” style with the winner staying in and taking on all contenders until the time is up. Boffing will utilize the skills of fencing. Tug-o-war will use the strategy of trying to catch your opponent off guard.

      Games that will be occur every 15 minutes starting at 7:15 p.m.:
    • Miniature Golf: Play a round of miniature golf using croquet mallets and balls.
    • Hot Air Balloon Race: Each contestant will see how fast his balloon can fly to the finish line supplying their own “hot air.”
    • Ski Race: A race that will involve a team of two working together to get across the finish line first.
    • Snoot Shoot: Each player will have the opportunity to see how far they can “shoot” their special “shot put” using a rather unique technique that will be demonstrated at the event!

  • Live Music by Southtown from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Extensive Fireworks Display begins at dusk.



2013 Classic Car Show Registration form
Car Show Entry Categories include:
• 1900-1940 Original
1941-1960 Original
1961-1975 Original
1976-1995 Original
1996-2013 Original
1928-1934 Street Rods
1935-1941 Street Rods
1946-1959 Street Rod/Custom
1960-1970 Street Rod/Custom
1971-2013 Custom Trucks 
T-Buckets/Corvettes/Special Interest


For July 4th vendor application information, download the 2013 vendor agreement form below.
2013 Vendor Agreement form

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success for the entire community. Anyone interested in helping with the setup and operation of the event's car show or kids games is asked to call the Raymore Parks and Rec office at 816-322-2791. Parking lot attendants are also needed to help maintain orderly traffic flow for this high-attendance event.
The year's event is sponsored by Community Bank of Raymore, Ray-Pec Sunrise Optimist Club, and Perkins Automotive Service.

2012 Car Show Winners
Chuck Gray's 1923 Ford T-Bucket Best of Show 2013 winner
Chuck Gray's 1923 Ford T-Bucket, 2013 Best of Show, Best Ford and 1st place Special Interest
This year’s third annual “Spirit of America” car show, the kickoff to Raymore Parks and Recreation’s yearly Independence Day celebration, featured the event’s largest exhibition field to date with 52 registered entries showcasing some of the area’s finest classic automobiles, trucks and American muscle cars.

After a review by the judging panel, the car show winners were crowned and awarded plaques to commemorate their placements. The 2013 competition top winners are:

  • Best of Show – Chuck Gray’s 1923 Ford T-Bucket
  • Best Ford – Chuck Gray’s 1923 Ford T-Bucket
  • Best Chevrolet – Dale Dove’s 1941 Chevy Coupe
  • Best Mopar – Ron Peters’ 1969 Plymouth GTX
  • Best Truck – Jim Deshenes’ 1955 Chevy Pickup
  • Mayor’s Choice – Don Cox’s 1962 Corvette
  • 1928-34 Street Rods – 1st Place: Stuart Sutton’s 1931 Nash Coupe
  • 1935-41 Street Rods – 1st Place: Dale Dove’s 1941 Chevy Coupe
  • 1946-59 Street Rods/Customs – 1st Place: Russ Percival’s 1955 Chevy Bel Air
  • 1960-70 Street Rods/Customs – 1st Place: Charles Zimmerman’s 1968 Chevy Camaro
  • 1961-75 Originals – 1st Place: Ron Peters’ 1969 Plymouth Coupe
  • 1976-95 Originals – 1st Place: Leon Schoor’s 1976 Ford Pinto
  • 1996-2013 Originals – 1st Place: Joseph Crownover’s 2009 Dodge Challenger
  • Corvettes – 1st Place: Dave Noble’s 2007 Corvette
  • Special Interest – 1st Place: Chuck Gray’s 1923 Ford T-Bucket

Raymore Parks and Recreation would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s classic car show, along with the show’s sponsor, Perkins Automotive Service of Raymore.

Raymore City Hall 100 Municipal Circle Raymore, MO 64083 Ph: (816) 331-0488 Fax: (816) 331-8724
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