Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 1, 2006

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Josh Maxson found a cool, quiet spot for his Brittany Blue '67 hardtop, which is loaded with styled steel wheels, overhead console, and GT fog lights.
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While the fall weather in Kentucky is beautiful, it was nice to escape the sun in the show's shady parking areas.
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With a display of used and new Mustang parts, The Mustang Store, out of Louisville, Kentucky, attracted shoppers all day.

If there's one thing I've noticed about today's most popular Mustang shows, it's that Mustang owners enjoy visiting places that offer distractions from Mustangs. That may seem odd, but when you consider that Mustang shows are typically family affairs, it makes sense. While dad cleans the car and chats incessantly about Mustangs, mom can escape to browse the historical district while little Tommy fishes or explores the great outdoors.

The Derby City Mustang Club put it all together with a laid-back September in the Park show, held September 9-11, among the rolling hills at General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Kentucky, on the Ohio River between Louisville and Cincinnati. In addition to Friday's Pony Trails and Saturday's show, the annual event offers plenty of scenic and historic diversions, along with social interaction during the Friday night welcome bash and Saturday evening "Back to the '60s" sock-hop with The Legendary Cruisers band.

This year, most attendees stayed at the park, either in the Butler Lodge or in one of the many cottages near the show site. Show Chairman Ron Kinberger was kind enough to arrange a cottage for me, which could be a problem in the future because I may never want to stay in another hotel room.

Saturday's show, sponsored by Bill Collins Ford and held in the shade of the park entrance, showcased over 200 Mustangs of all years and models. New for this year was a swap meet, sponsored by Roush Performance and Mustangs Unlimited.

Next year, if you're looking to attend a Mustang and Ford show with great cars, friendly people, nice fall weather, and amenities such as beautiful scenery, historic landmarks, golf, paddleboats, social activities, and more, consider heading into the bluegrass hills of Kentucky for September in the Park. You can find more information at the club's Web site, located at

My one suggestion: Ask for a cottage.