Cape Girardeau businesses encouraged to decorate for the Great Race

Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 6:17 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - If you’re a Cape Girardeau business owner, you’re invited to decorate your windows or yards in preparation for the Great Race 2021 to help the community win the Best Overnight Stop Award.

Cape Girardeau is trying to keep its reign as the “Best Overnight Stop” for the Great Race.

It last hosted the race in 2013.

“Since we’ve had it in the past, we want it again,” said Emily Hagan with Visit Cape. “We don’t really want anyone to take that from us. For us, it would mean a lot. It just, again, brings a lot of recognition to Cape and that’s something we want to do. We want to shine a positive light on our city.”

Visit Cape is holding a contest for area businesses to decorate a window or yard to help welcome the people in the Great Race. Businesses along the routes are especially encouraged to participate, but everyone in town is welcome to join.

They’re asking for all window displays to be up from June 15-23.

If you are doing a yard display, they would like it to go up June 21-23 in case there is bad weather.

Decorations will be judged for their originality and creativity. Businesses that sign up to participate will receive a sign showing that they are involved. The businesses that win will receive Window or Yard Display Spirit Award, which can be displayed in their store.

The Great Race will take place June 22, and it is expected to bring hundreds of old cars to Cape Girardeau.

The route for the race in Cape Girardeau goes from Kingshighway to Broadway, Broadway to Main Street and past all the businesses along Main Street.

Area clubs will hold a car show and all of the cars in the race will be on display downtown in the parking lot near Hutson’s.

“It brings visitors in, first off, which is a big deal for us,” Hagan said. “We love having visitors in Cape. We want to just show people how amazing Cape Girardeau is, what a great place it is to visit, to stay the night, to eat in, to enjoy excitement in. But we also want to bring some excitement for local people, for Cape Girardeau natives, because with everything that’s been going on there hasn’t been a lot of events, so this will be a big deal to just kind of kick off the event season for the summer.”

As the world’s premier antique automobile rally, the race tests the time, speed and distance of the vehicles.

Cape Girardeau is a pit stop in the middle of their journey from The Alamo to Greenville, South Carolina.

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