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Craig Smith

Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association.

Now a part of Napa’s fabric, the Main Street Reunion Car Show is a highly anticipated event. Three years ago, the show organizers added a ‘pre-show’ event, to give folks an added chance to take in the cars.

It was a hit, and it’s back.

The fourth annual Show & Shine will be Friday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., this time in a new location – the old Cinedome parking lot at Pearl and Yajome streets.

Local favorites The Smart Fellers will perform, blending humor and danceable music to make the night memorable.

“Show & Shine is a preview of the show in more of a party atmosphere,” said Tammy Robinette, president of the Napa Valley Cruisers, co-sponsors of the event with the Downtown Napa Association.

“Some of the 150 participating cars only appear at this event, so you’ll need to come both days to see everything.”

Saturday, the 20th, is Main Street Reunion, featuring 400 pre-1976 automobiles and trucks.

Some are fully restored to the way they rolled off the factory line; others are customized to the owner’s tastes. Either way, the result is works of art on four wheels.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on First and Main streets, the challenge is to see all the cars before the show ends. Forty cars with be recognized with uniquely designed awards. Both events are free and open to the public. for more details.

Blues, Brews & BBQ…

Saturday, Aug. 27 from noon to 6 p.m., downtown Napa will be a haven for all three of these. A dozen of the Bay Area’s best barbecue restaurants will have their grills fired up to serve ribs, chicken, fish and other grill-worthy menu items.

Want to see some serous rib eating, rather, “eatin’?”

Check out the 3:15 Rib Eatin’ Contest, sponsored by Bounty Hunter Wine and Smokin’ BBQ, in Dwight Murray Plaza. It’s messy and it’s fun to watch.

Blues aficionados will love the day’s line-up. Shane Dwight headlines the entertainment at Dwight Murray Plaza.

This year’s event will include a Zydeco twist, with Zydeco Flames opening the Dwight Murray Plaza stage at noon.

Performing at the Beer Garden Stage in Coombs Plaza is the David Thorton Band and the Mighty Mike Schermer Band. Three acts perform on the KFOG 104.5 FM stage on Randolph Street.

Beer aficionados will love this event. Rather than list them all, let’s make this easy – there are 40 special micro-brewed beers available to taste, some that are being released in the area for the first time.

Resist the temptation to spend the whole day in the beer garden, so you can check out all three musical stages. Or, give in to temptation, and enjoy the beer.

Bring the kids. There will be lots of fun and games. Free and open to the public. For the full band line-up and all other details, visit

See you downtown!

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Craig Smith is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association. Reach him at 257-0322 or