OOOHWEE, OOOHWEE BABY!

October 17, 2000 12:00 am

By Jennifer Grimes

Triplicate staff writer

It was easy to think there was a time warp this weekend with all the pompadour haircuts and 57 Chevys around Crescent City. But it was really just the highly celebrated Sea Cruise 2000.

For the ninth year in a row, hundreds of polished classic cars flooded the town bringing thousands of residents and tourists out of the woodwork.

The main hall of the Del Norte County Fairgrounds (which is bigger than a basketball court), was filled to capacity Saturday night. Rocky and the Revellettes were there playing 50s tunes.

It was a blast, we had a great time, said Linda Mealue who was there with her husband and a group of friends.

A lot of different activities went on in conjunction with the car show.

A three-day carving contest at the fairgrounds parking lot raised $12,143 for St. Josephs Catholic School. It also resulted in the fairgrounds getting promised a huge sculpture in the next couple of months.

We asked for something that will depict the heritage of this community, like a fisherman or a logger, said Randy Hatfield, fairgrounds CEO.

Hatfield and contest coordinato, Feather Bauman say they hope the event will become an annual one and that each year a new giant sculpture will be added to the fairgrounds collection.

A whole group of them would make for a nice centerpiece during the fair each year, Hatfield said.

Among the other celebrations, the Taste For Life, put on by the Sunrise Rotary Club and the American Cancer Society, was also a great success. Crowds sampled wines, brandies, pizza, and other delectables while supporting the fight against cancer.

Local restaurants and hotels benefitted from the events, too.

We had a lot of people. Even on Sunday there was a big crowd, so business was good for four days straight, said Manuel Garcia, co-owner of Toreros mexican restaurant.

Sweet Cravings ice cream and deli and Northwoods Restaurant both reported significant increases in business for the weekend, too.

On Saturday, judges evaluated the 402 cars for several categories. Dave and Irene Brooks of Tucson, Arizona won the prize for Longest Distance traveled, and John and Wilma Bartholomew of Medford won Best of Show honors for their Grasshopper, according to Jeff Russell of the Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce.

Both the Chamber and the Crescent City Car Club said they are grateful to the whole community for making all of the events a success.