The Monarchs
The Monarchs
The "Rockin' on the River" and 17th annual "River Run Car Show" are set for Saturday at Bicentennial Park.

The events are free, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds from the two events, which joined forces for the first time last year, go to the Salvation Army of Jefferson County for programs and social services.

Al Huntington, former Madison mayor and current chairman of the Salvation Army Jefferson County Advisory Board, said the event is a way to celebrate and thank the Salvation Army supporters in the community. River Valley Financial Bank is the title sponsor, but Grote Industries, the American Legion, King's Daughter's Health, Madison Auto Service, Terry's Heating and Cooling, Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp. and The Madison Courier also are top sponsors.

"It's our way of saying thank you to the public and all they do for us day in and day out," he said.

The car show begins at 8 a.m. and awards will be given at 3:30 p.m. It will feature classic cars, muscle cars, street rods, antique cars, restored originals, motorcycles and other interests.

The event often draws a few hundred entrants each year and the judges give out about 100 different awards. New this year will be the Best of Show commemorative ring, which was specially designed for the event by a company in Texas.

Music begins at 6:30 p.m. with the Louisville-based rock n' roll group The Monarchs scheduled for 8 p.m. The Never Too Late Band from North United Methodist Church will open.

The Monarchs have been a regional favorite since the early 1960s, and will return this year after a having played the event in 2012. Huntington said he heard nothing by positive reviews about the group's performance last year, despite the fact that the show had to be moved indoors because of the rain.

"I almost like to refer to that by popular demand," he said.

Last year, the Salvation Army served more than 19,000 meals from its site. The organization also serves the community through financial assistance, clothing assistance, Christmas assistance, school supply assistance and through its food pantry.