With new venues, more cars, more entertainment and added sports, Horsham Americarna, on Sunday 30 September, is all set to build on the huge success of last year’s first celebration of all things American.
There will be car displays from the Bishopric and the Forum through to East Street and the Carfax, a new race car zone with service vehicles in front of The REC rooms bowling alley, and additional car and bike displays in Horsham Park.
The event is organised by Horsham District Council and partners, in aid of St.Catherine’s Hospice, and sponsors include Horsham Car Centre JEEP, Pilgrim Motorsports of Small Dole, Maidstone Harley Davidson and Christs Hospital School.
As the event grows, more town businesses are getting involved this year, including Mr. Simms, who will have their American sweet trailer in Horsham Park with the new limited edition Crystal Pepsi on sale. Toy Barnhaus will give away a free collector’s edition hot wheels car with every purchase. The Crown Pub will offer drinks promotions, tea/coffee and an evening quiz, and Horsham Wine Cellar will have a special sampling of American wines.
A best dressed guy and gal competition is being run by Retroesque, who will return to the town in the Carfax for the day, and the Bishopric’s Apache Menswear. So dress up in your best ’50s/’60s gear and join in the fun by taking a selfie at the show #horshamamericarna and #retroesque or #apache – you might win a prize!
There will be market stalls and street food in the Bishopric, the Carfax and Horsham Park – all will have a distinctly American look and feel and focus on American menus. Hepworths are sponsoring an American Beer Trail, starting in the Carfax, with a prize draw supported by Brewhouse & Kitchen.
Music and musical theatre acts will perform on the bandstand, in the Nature Garden, and The REC Rooms stages, from late morning to 3pm when The Almost Elvis Band present the finale show before the vehicles cruise away from 4pm. A musical surprise is in store for those in Carfax after the town centre cars leave, so be sure to stick around for the Park Cars cruise out.
The REC Rooms (below the Bowling Alley) are also the venue for classic American slot car racing by Horsham Rotary, the Southern Seeboard American railroad layout and the STEAMcademy Music Machine.
Other entertainments keeping the buzz going around the town and park, feature a Dixieland Marching Band, The Sussex Wildcats Cheerleaders (Park only), a DJ spinning tunes for St.Catherines, and lookout for the madcap Elvish Pressies starting their Xmas shopping early in Horsham.
Sussex Thunder, our local Brighton-based American Football Club, will be making a rare visit to Horsham, arriving in an original US School Bus before taking to the Park to practice some plays and pose for photos. UK Baseball will also be in evidence with the Horsham Falcons playing the Chichester Sharks, and being on hand to answer questions.
Along with representatives of over a dozen different groups, clubs displaying together at Horsham AmeriCARna this year are two Harley Davidson chapters Hogs Back and Maidstone, Oddballs local American car enthusiasts, Kent Breakfast Meet, Surrey Mustang and founder event partners, Classic Corvette Cub UK. Horsham JEEP’s sponsorship includes a special Military Jeep collection in Horsham Park, thanks to the Capel Military Show.
Also happening over the weekend is the Pink Gift Fair for Cancer Research in the Council’s Parkside offices.
A full event programme will be available on social media and online next week and printed copies at the show.