Karson Kruzers started the Run What Cha Brung car show in 1985 with the motto, "Give them more than what they pay for."
Now in its 28th year, the mantra still rings true.
"We offer them quite a bit for the price, and a little bit more," said organizer Loretta Marcin.
The show, which runs Friday through Sunday, is open to all years, makes and models with one simple rule: If it runs, it can be in the show.
Marcin is hoping to get around 200 entries by Saturday morning.
Then event kicks off Friday evening with a show and shine in the parking lot of the Carson Mall, where there will be drinks available and live music until 11 p.m. Pre-registration will run 6-9 p.m.
"It's a free-for-all night where everybody is welcome to come down and cruise around," Marcin said. "All vehicles are welcome."
Throughout the three days, all types of merchandise will be on sale, including T-shirts featuring the winners from last year's show.
The festivities continue Saturday at Fuji Park with car registration from 7-9 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and includes scrambled eggs, ham, pancakes, coffee and milk. Cost is $3.50 for adults. Tri-tip dinner will begin serving at 3:30 p.m. Cost is $7.50 for adults. Cost for children at either meal is $3.
Activities will include a clown, a bounce castle and vendors.
Volunteers 18 and older are invited to judge the show from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., with a workshop at 10 a.m.
Judging takes place 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., an judges are invited to show up that morning.
The Parade of Cars will be 6:30 p.m. Saturday down Carson Street, from the Carson Mall to the Harbor Freight. A street dance will follow in the parking lot of the Carson Nugget.
"We try to keep it as homey and community-oriented as possible," Marcin said. "It is about this community."
To accommodate the dance, the parking areas on Curry Street between Spear Street and Robinson Street will be coned off from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Curry Street will remain open to through traffic.
Sunday begins at 8:30 a.m. with a poker run, returning to Fuji Park for the raffle at 11:30 a.m. and awards presentation at noon.
Proceeds go to local causes, such as Safe Grad and Holiday with a Hero.
"We do what we can," Marcin said. "It's all about the kids getting geared toward a positive future."