THOMASVILLE — The man who came up with the idea of a car and truck show to coincide with Thomasville’s annual Rose Festival never dreamed what the event would become in just four years.

Ellis Jackson, a Thomasville Police Department (TPD) captain, noticed that many people liked to drive snazzy, vintage vehicles to Rose Festival events. They liked to cruise and park in groups and visit.

Jackson had an idea: Why not create an event that featured the vehicles?

The City of Roses Car and Truck Show, or “Show ‘N’ Shine,” was born. With the first event, the show grew by huge proportions and today is among the annual Rose Festival’s most popular and largest happenings.

“I think it’s great. I think it’s marvelous that so many people are involved,” said Jackson.

This year’s event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, will be centered in the 200 block of North Broad Street.

Participants park their vehicles along city streets for judges’ consideration and for the enjoyment of people who appreciate the beauty of a well-cared-for classic machine.

The show is presented by TPD in partnership with CNS, the city’s cable television arm, and Confetti Car Sows, a professional company that organizes the event.

Trophies are awarded in various categories.

“The event is a family affair and can be enjoyed by everyone who attends. There is something for everyone to see,” said Sgt. Rachelle Denmark, TPD public information officer.

Preregistration is possible on the Confetti website at Some 25 show entries had been registered a month ago.

“Two Thomasville police officers entered their vehicles in the Car and Truck Show last year and took home a trophy,” Denmark said.

In addition to cars and trucks, motorcycles also will be on display Saturday.

Last year’s show entries included a 1923 T-Bucket, a 1932 Model-A, a 1928 Model A Roadster, a cool Viper and a Jaguar SS100 kit car. Other entries included new models with the latest technology and gadgets.

Thomasville police coordinated the first show, but officers realized the event, considering its immediate popularity and projected growth, needed professional coordination.

Confetti’s, a Havana, Fla., company and only a year older than the local car show, was contacted for help.

The company began as an old-fashioned ice cream shop with a weekly cruise-in. The event grew, and Confetti’s car shows were more in demand.

After 9/11 and the slump the nation hit, the family put aside the ice cream business and began Confetti Car Show Productions.

Meanwhile, Jackson, whose enthusiasm for the car show has not decreased since its inception, continues to have difficulty believing his dream has come true in such large proportions.

“I never dreamed it,” he said.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 220.

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