The Dawning of Twilight

Festival kicks off with Corvette Club show
Friday, June 8, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 5:24 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008
Revelers gather on Ninth Street to listen to the Bait Shop Boys.

Parked among the Mid-Missouri Corvette Club’s Corvettes, Shari Emery’s powder blue 1964 Mustang stood out. The classic car was one of only a few Fords at the event, which was hosted by Chevrolet.

“This was too good a party not to crash,” she said.


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The Twilight Car Night brought together Corvette enthusiasts and the Corvette Club from 6 to 8 p.m. in Flat Branch Park as part of Thursday evening’s Twilight Festival activities.

The Mustang was complete with matching powder blue fuzzy dice hanging from the rearview mirror and a drive-in style tray holding an imitation hamburger, fries and Coke.

While Emery and her husband, Bob, aren’t members of the Corvette Club, members of the club told them they were more than welcome to bring their Mustang to the event.

“We don’t miss a chance for people to enjoy our car,” she said.

This was the second year the Corvette Club brought cars to the Twilight Festival for the community to admire.

“We tried it (last year). It went over pretty good, so they invited us back,” said Gary Pauley, a Corvette Club member.

Pauley said it was difficult for members to get their cars to the event because some would not have time to get their cars to the park after work.

“With the nice night that it is, we could have had more cars, but it’s hard to get here this early,” Pauley said.

In addition to Twilight Car Night in Flat Branch Park, the Commerce Bank Kids’ Camp kept children and their parents busy with music, balloon animals and a booth from MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine featuring owls and a red-tailed hawk.

For the rest of June, visitors to the Twilight Festival can enjoy food, live music and dancing in the street from 6 to 9 p.m. each Thursday evening.

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