Annual event keeps up popularity

A combination of hip-hop and R&B music along with custom cars on display again attracted Tiffany Williams to Augusta's Powerfest on Saturday.

 

"I always like the artists they have performing, especially this year since Shawty Lo is performing," said the Greenwood, S.C., resident. "I also like seeing what people have done to their cars to make them different, like the rims, bright paint and custom interiors. The best part is having all of this in one place."

Ms. Williams has attended Powerfest for the past three years.

Despite early morning rains, officials estimated attendance between 15,000 and 20,000.

Bessie Carswell, of Louisville, Ga., was there with her family to celebrate her son's 16th birthday.

"This is what he wanted to do for his birthday, and since none of us have attended this before, we decided to come out here with him," she said. "I was looking forward to it as much as he was because I like the music, too."

On the opposite side of the fairgrounds, the Greg Street Celebrity Car and Bike Show featured cars owned by Block Entertainment, music producer Polow Da Don, Konvict Music and rapper Yung Joc.

A showcase of customized cars by locals such as Moochie Hunter, of Evans, also seemed to be a hit. Mr. Hunter showcased a 1968 Camaro along with a 1984 El Camino, which caught people's attention with its painted scene of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

"It's definitely something different, and not many people would depict something like this on their car," he said. "It took a lot of work to do, but it's catching people's attention. That's why I wanted to showcase it."

James Dukes, of Augusta, has been showcasing his 1985 Oldsmobile Cutlass for the past couple of years at Powerfest.

"The thing about my car is that people who saw it last year won't see the same thing this year. I have the paint changed on the car every year. That's the only way you can stay ahead of everyone else when it comes to competing," he said.

Cars were judged in several categories including original restorations and foreign exotics. The event was held by WPRW-FM (107.7).

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.