Car Show Details

Pandemic Policies and Protections

Help us have a great show and keep everyone safe! We have made some adjustments in how the show will run and have some requests as well. Please, help us by pre-registering. This will cut back on some of the personal interactions between our volunteers and participants.

1. Please, be patient with us! Our years of experience running a car show just went down the drain. The logistics are new and untested for us, but know that our goal is to keep you safe while hosting a fun event that offers you an opportunity to enjoy your passion and do good at the same time.


2. This is a rain or shine event. We will grant refunds up until May 14th if the pandemic quarantine causes you to change your mind about attending, but we would greatly appreciate donations. As a charity organization, we appreciate and depend upon your support.

3. For car participants, we will come to you in your space to verify your registration and give you the swag bag and anything you order through the pre-registration. There is no information table to come to.

4. Please, WEAR a MASK and wash your hands or use sanitizer often. We have a disposable mask and gloves in the swag bags of registered car show participants.

5. Maintain at least a minimum of six feet from people around you that are not from your personal household. This includes standing in lines at the vendors, talking to others, walking the grounds. Please, be patient and considerate of others, especially while at the vendor booths.

6. Use the aisles to walk around the show and from which to view the vehicles. DO NOT enter the parking spaces to see a car up close if doing so infringes upon the six-feet rule with anyone in the area. If the owner is around, you might could ask permission to look closer.

7. Each vehicle for the show will have two parking spaces (one for the car, one for chairs, no canopies allowed in the parking spaces, only on the outer perimeter of the grounds). Show car owners should set up their chairs on the driver's side. When the chairs are not in use, fold them and lay them on the ground. The owner of the belongings are responsible for any damage those belongings do to neighboring vehicles.

8. If car owners are at their vehicle when our judges come around, he or she will ask if they can approach the vehicle. Car owners may take that time to walk the grounds or may maintain the six-feet distance as the judge moves around the vehicle. If car owners would rather they judge from the aisle, the owner can request that and they will do the best they can from the aisle.

9. We plan to use a radio transmitter as well as outdoor speakers for Joseph Scott to communicate with you throughout the show. We will let you know the channel.

10. There will be volunteers dedicated to each row of vehicles to help in any way. Inside each swag bag is a red card with a purple smiley face. If the car owner needs assistance or has a question, he or she can hold it up to get the attention of a volunteer.

11. Winning Ticket Numbers will be broadcast by the announcer several times throughout the day. If you have a winning number hold up your red card with the purple smiley face to get a volunteer's attention.

12. If a car owner is registered for the Exhaust Explosion, a volunteer will alert him or her when it is their turn to go to the Explosion Tent.

13. Awards Ceremony. Owners must stay at their vehicle in the assigned space. The announcer will broadcast the winners at 1:30 and a volunteer will deliver the awards.

14. Walt, the 6-year-old cancer kid who is our Headlight Hero will be driving through the grounds in his family vehicle to choose his favorite and the winner of our top award. He is currently on chemotherapy and can not be around any size group of people. Be sure to wave at him as he goes by.

Traditional Policies:

1. Out of respect for our childhood cancer kids, and others touched by cancer, and out of respect for those who have worked to clean and preserve their vehicles, please do not smoke or vape on the showgrounds.

2. Alcoholic beverages are also not allowed.

3. Vulgar or offensive language, graphics, or decorations that compromise our kid-friendly atmosphere are prohibited.

5. No matter the weather, canopies/tents must be anchored with weights and are only allowed on the outer parameter of the show grounds. Chairs must also be folded on the ground when not in use. Please, respect the vehicles and help protect our show's integrity and reputation by following these rules.

Trophies and Awards

As this car show has continued to grow and take shape, we at Eli's Block Party pride ourselves at creating a well-rounded show that includes opportunities to win awards or to just cruise in and show. We have a variety of categories for participants to enter for judging and adhere to strict and consistent judging practices. Though these men and women are volunteers, they all have a higher level of vehicle knowledge.

The number and size of awards depend on Sponsor support, so it can vary each year (we are a charity and want to be good stewards of our funding for childhood cancer). Based on previous years, we believe that the following categories and award system will best fit our show and interest our participants:

Judged Awards -- 

Category Entered at Registration:

  • Current 2017-2020

  • Modern 2010-2016

  • Millennium 2000-2009

  • Century 1990-1999

  • Retro 1980-1989 Class

  • Classic 1965-1979 Class

  • Antique Pre-1964

  • Motorcycle

Additional Categories being Judged:

  • Performance Modified

  • Appearance Modified"

  • Slammed

  • Best High Performance

  • Custom Creation

  • Import

  • Off-Road

  • Stock Vehicle

  • Truck

  • Interior

  • Exterior

  • Wheels

  • Display

  • Convertible

  • Daily Driver

  • Limited Edition

  • Veteran Owned

  • Teen Owned


Our Top Judged Awards:

  • Best of Show

  • Best of Featured Class (this year it is MOPAR)

Our Popular Awards (chosen by a person or guests):

  • Headlight Hero's Choice (a cancer kid picks his or her favorite)

  • Sponsor's Choice (If we have a sponsor at this level)

  • Popular Choice (Crowd votes)

  • Kids Choice (Kids under 12 vote)

  • Celebrity's Choice (This year our celebrity is Dale Jackson, radio talk show host.)

  • Superhero's Choice (Probably Batman or Spiderman)


We are thankful to have a group of volunteers each of whom is knowledgeable as either an auto enthusiast or as a professional in the auto industry.

In general, Judges will base their scoring on the following within the context of the category:

  • cleanliness

  • condition

  • workmanship

  • showmanship


Judges will examine the following areas of a vehicle:

  • Engine and Engine Compartment

  • Chassis

  • Exterior

  • Interior

Visit Athens and Limestone County, Alabama!

Situated at the junction of two major roadways in the center of North Alabama, the city of Athens is perfectly positioned to visit for a bit or stay for a life-time.

 As one of the fastest-growing cities in the state, Athens maintains its small-town charm while it aggressively pursues a high quality of life for its citizens by attracting new industry and encouraging entrepreneurs. Conscientious city leaders balance infrastructure growth with progressive policy while families nurture generations in the high-ranking school system and modern recreational centers.


Locals and visitors enjoy a purposeful calendar of events which highlight a diverse list of festivals as well as activities at local museums. The following are examples of things to do in the area:



  • Veterans Museum

  • High Cotton Arts

  • Big Spring Memorial Park


  • Terranova's

  • Lucia's Cocina Mexicana

  • Suzanne's Bakery and Eatery

  • 306 Barbecue

  • Dub's Burgers

  • Kreme Delight



  • Preston's Western Wear

  • Pimento's

  • Riff Raff Home Furnishings

  • Boneyard Antiques

  • CEI Bookstore


As the county seat to Limestone County, Athens enjoys a symbiotic relationship with outlying communities as well as with neighboring cities. Athens rounds out the North Alabama tri-city powerhouse with Huntsville and Decatur, an area that is the second fastest-growing region in the state.


Eli’s Block Party has built a trustworthy and upstanding reputation in Athens by lending a voice to childhood cancer families and providing a channel for charitable efforts. Thanks to this reputation the foundation received the Heart of an Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts for producing Superhero Day, a family-fun event that stimulates local tourism.

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