Once a year, we make a trek into northern Ohio to peep out Ed Eldridge's North American Nationals held in Hamilton, Ohio, at the Butler County Fairgrounds. This was the second year for Ed's show. For those of you who aren't familiar with Ed Eldridge, he's the originator of the Midwest Car and Truck Nationals that is now owned and put on by Special Events.
By the time registration closed at noon on Saturday, there were more than 300 vehicles on the show grounds. Even though the truck count was down this year, there were some really awesome trucks. Rob Dotson showed up with his half-blue, half-orange S-10, which drew a crowd all weekend long. He took home the Outstanding Truck of Show award this year. Matt Horsley won the Best of Show trophy with his '88 Chevy S-10.
One of the many activities that took place during the day on Saturday was a truck-hopping exhibition. The hoppers and dancers put on a great show, getting the front and the rear bumpers high into the air. Proving that hopping is still a revered event, the crowd showed its appreciation by going wild.
At noon on Sunday, everyone gathered in front of the stage for the award presentations. Before awards got underway, everyone's favorite activity took place: the bikini contest. A decision was finally made, a winner was crowned, and the winner's trophies were handed out. Everyone had a great time, and plans are now in the works for the next edition of the North American National. For more information, contact: Ed, (513) 868-6117.