We are located in beautiful downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri. On Interstate 55, take exit 96 at Cape Girardeau. Go east on William Street until you get to Spanish Street and then follow the signs.
You can also map your visit to us at
Enter your starting address in the driving directions, and in the destination enter: 132 N. Main Street, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
It’s that easy!
For hotel, bed and breakfast lodging and camp grounds in the Cape Girardeau area, we urge you to utilize the resources of our Cape Girardeau Convention & Visitors Bureau. There's something to fit everyone's budget!
Visit the Cape Girardeau Convention Center & Visitors Bureau (CVB) website at: www.visitcape.com or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you prefer to use the telephone, you can call them at: (800) 777-0068 or (573) 335-1631
The CVB stays up-to-date with all the lodging in our area & they can save you a lot of time & phone calls.
Only entries that fit in one of the
classes listed will be eligible for judging. Vehicles that do not fit in one of the classes may be entered for “Display Only”. The entry fee for “Display Only” vehicles is the same as for judged entries. “Display Only” entries will be eligible for door prizes. The River City Rodders reserve the right to reject any entries.
Registration fee is $15. Registration begins at 8:00 AM on the day of the show.
There are NO FEES to spectators!
We encourage everyone to bring their families and spend the day in Downtown Cape. There are lots of things to see and do!
We look forward to seeing you!
Show hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
RIVER TALES CLASSIC
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Cape Girardeau, MO
Click here for the 37th Annual River Tales Classic 2014 Car Show.
Here’s a little info on the River Tales Classic car show ….
The River Tales Classic is sponsored by the River City Rodders Ltd. The Rodders were established in 1976 when a group of local hot rod enthusiasts who already hung out together decided it might be fun to organize a formal car club. The Rodders hosted their first car show in 1977 in the parking lot of the Town Plaza Shopping Center in Cape Girardeau. They have hosted a car show every year since then on the second Sunday after Labor Day, which always lands on the final weekend of the Southeast Missouri District Fair.
After many years of hosting their annual show in Capaha Park, the Rodders decided that it was time for a change and moved their show to historic downtown Cape in 2007. In conjunction with the move to downtown Cape, the annual car show was renamed the River Tales Classic to tie in with Cape’s current marketing slogan – Visit Cape Girardeau, Where the River Turns a Thousand Tales. In order to help promote the new location, the Rodders also invited Old Town Cape to become a co-host of the new River Tales Classic.
One of the main reasons the Rodders relocated their car show to downtown Cape was to take advantage of the redevelopment that has occurred there in the last several years and provide both participants and spectators with a variety of things to do and see while they are attending the show.
The list of opportunities is extensive, ranging from browsing at the numerous antique shops in downtown Cape to strolling along the floodwall mural that provides a pictorial history of Cape to exploring the new Mississippi River overlook and walking trail at Southeast Missouri University’s new River Campus to touring the historic Glenn House and Old St. Vincent’s Church or stopping by one of the local restaurants and quaint cafes in the downtown area. All of these attractions and more are within a block or two of the car show location, which is right in the heart of downtown Cape in the shadow of the beautiful Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.
By any standard, the move to downtown Cape in 2007 has been a huge success. The feedback from all of our participants continues to be very positive and both the number and quality of the cars in attendance make this an exciting and growing event.
The local weatherman has promised us good weather this year and we are once again expecting a big turnout. The evening before our show, the River City Rodders will be hosting a free cruise from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Capaha Park, the site of our show before we moved downtown. This is always a lot of fun, with free hot dogs and cold drinks, oldies playing on our sound system and lots of opportunities to BS and swap lies with the other gear heads who will be there.
We encourage our out-of-town participants to make a weekend of it. Cape Girardeau is a really cool town with lots of things to see and do and an abundance of excellent restaurants – with most of the non-franchise ones located in downtown Cape. The grand finale of the Southeast Missouri District Fair, which is one of the largest and best fairs in the state, is also the Saturday before the car show with their headline entertainment on stage Saturday night.
The River Tales Classic is proud to be a featured event in downtown Cape and we invite you to experience the flavor of this historical river town. The River City Rodders are hard at work to make this year's show even bigger and better than the last one. We hope to see all of our friends back again this year, and encourage you to bring a bunch of your friends along to experience our hospitality. Come and see why this is such a great event for the entire family!
See you in September!
A limited number of vendor sites will be available. The fee for a site is $20.00 with sites granted on a “first come - first serve” basis.
To reserve a site, call (573) 979-2169
River City Rodders (573) 979-2169
Camping Information (800) 777-0068
River City Rodders
910 Pheasant Cove
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701