Car Show Provides Fun and Learning Experience
To the public, it’s a cool car show coming at the right time of the year to cure the late winter/early spring doldrums. But for those that put on the Chrome in the Dome Car and Bike Show in late March, it’s a productive effort as a learning experience and fund-raiser for student clubs.
More than 60 students and their advisors in three different College of Technology programs and their associated students clubs are involved in putting on the show.
This two-day event in Holt Arena has grown annually during its three-year run and was appropriately billed “Bigger, Better, Louder” this spring when it attracted nearly 10,000 show-goers. Chrome featured more than 150 show cars and trucks and 38 motorcycles, coming from throughout the Intermountain West and further, including southern California and South Dakota.
“With our access to Holt Arena, we can hold the show indoors early each spring when other shows can’t be held outside,” said Russell Butler, ISU auto collision repair and refinishing instructor and a club advisor. “It is the perfect place and timing, because people are anxious, itching and ready to get out.”
The three student clubs sponsoring the show are enrolled in the College of Technology Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing, Automotive Technology, and Marketing and Management Occupations programs.
“This has just been an incredible opportunity to put into action what I’ve learned in the classroom,” said Michelle Young, a student intern working on the Chrome in the Dome project who is in the College of Technology’s marketing program. “I’ve led meetings with the 60 to 70 students involved, worked on commercials, negotiated business deals and had the opportunity to network.”
Net proceeds, including gate receipts and sponsorships by local automotive-related businesses, go to fund student club activities, primarily participation in SkillsUSA contests at the local, state and sometimes regional and national level.
“When we look back to when we created the show it has just been amazing,” Butler said. “It has exceeded our wildest expectations.”