Along with the myriad of attractions at RM Sotheby's 40th anniversary and RetroFest this weekend, event organizers are hinting that there will be some big names making an appearance during the weekend celebration.
Along with the myriad of attractions planned for RM Sotheby’s 40th anniversary and RetroFest this weekend, event organizers are hinting there might be some big names making an appearance during the celebration.
Rob Myers, founder of RM Sotheby’s, stopped short of calling the surprise guests celebrities, referring to them as “really important people.” Myers will be riding in a special car during the parade on Friday and said guests will possibly be in other classic cars and interesting vehicles, such as the two mechanical elephants, the Batmobile, and “Henrietta the chicken truck.”
“I think he alluded to the fact that people might have some fun at the parade to see who’s riding some cars,” said Fannie Vavoulis, the RM 40th event chair.
Organizers are encouraging the public to use the free shuttles to get downtown instead of driving. The shuttles start running at 3 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. All shuttle routes and information can be found at rm40th.com.
They said people are welcome to bring lawn chairs to watch the parade and classic car cruise routes, but lawn chairs and umbrellas are forbidden at the Sam Roberts Band concert in Tecumseh Park.
Organizers hope the remaining concert tickets for Sam Roberts Band and Big Sugar will sell out to benefit the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance and Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation. A 50/50 contest will also be selling tickets to benefit Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, with the jackpot currently sitting around $22,400.
Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff, who will be taking part in the several events during the weekend, emphasized the weekend’s impact on the community.
“This would be a spectacle in any community across the planet,” he said. “There’s people from all over the world coming to see Chatham-Kent, and we collectively as a community are going to reach out, hug them, and say welcome.”