They don't call it Freak Show for nothing!
As the name implies, this immensely popular North Carolina show is more than just your average automotive get-together. With some of the wildest Saturday night activities you're likely to find anywhere, along with equally exciting Sunday afternoon events, this show has earned its wide following. Drivers were in line, ready to rumble, when the gates to the Lenoir County Fairgrounds in Kinston, North Carolina, opened Thursday night at midnight. Folks kept rolling in throughout the weekend until the fairgrounds reached their limit of 1,400 vehicles and some had to be turned away. Drop Jaw show promoters Mike and Glen Pilgreen already have plans for a larger venue next year, since this show keeps growing and growing.
Here's why. Besides the huge number of vehicles to admire during the G-rated daylight hours, the show heats up the countryside when the sun goes down. Put the kiddies to bed at the campsite and head to the main stage, where the G-ratings quickly upgrade to R (and then some!) once the Freak Show specialties begin. Live music warmed up the crowd, with emcee Mike Pilgreen sending temperatures even higher as he introduced a dozen lingerie models onstage. "Drunk dancing" was next, giving the guys a chance to display their smooth moves to the crowd. The winner celebrated with a Big Gulp beer bong! The bikini contest continued the fun (paying $500, $300, and $100 to the winners) but it was conservative compared to the "Ms. Super Freaky" competition ($1000, $500, and $300), which tested the ladies' flexibility as well as the endurance of your camera batteries. Several more events, even more creative, kept the party going well into the morning. Lots of not so capable of driving peeps were happy to stagger back to the free, on-site camping facilities.
Sunday activities started around noon at the fairground's huge, fenced-in show ring. Half a dozen clubs teamed up for a monstrous game of circular dodge ball. The T&D Hydraulics exhibition defied a little gravity, as did the "Highest Dog Leg" competition, but the real excitement came last. This year, the "Freestyle Dirt" event was a first at Freak Show, where cars and trucks worked on their high-speed, drifting-in-the-dirt routines to cheers from the crowd. The west end of the field, still a little muddy from the Friday afternoon showers, gave drivers a chance to reach out and touch someone, especially friends standing too close to the fence. The afternoon awards ceremony saw more than 375 competitors collecting the traditional Freak Show "Freeze or I'll Shoot" trophies given away to the top finishers. Eric Hannah had to find a way to haul the tallest of those trophies home. His 1999 Chevy S-10 3-Door Extended Cab took the "Best of Show" Mini Truckin' award. (Look for his truck in an upcoming issue.) Of the 69 clubs in attendance, Deviant Creations from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, captured the award for club participation, with 27 vehicles. If your local truck shows have been a little dull lately and you're looking for a freakin' good time, check out the huge collection of vehicles and the wild late-night activities that characterize North Carolina's legendary Freak Show. Remember, parental guidance is recommended. Get the 2006 details at www.dropjawmag.com.