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Contestant entries open March 1st 2024. Fun Run 2024 will be August 9, 10, 11.

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The Big Bear Fun Run™ is a three day car show held in the Village of Big Bear Lake California. The event includes about 500 pre-assigned parking spaces, a Saturday afternoon 'Cruise Around the Lake' and a Sunday morning drive through awards presentation. The 2023 event will be our 32nd annual show. Over the years the show has earned a very favorable reputation. The Fun Run is always held over the second weekend in August. The streets are generally full of spectators, and a summer shower may develop. This is a fun event.

You're always welcome to come and check out all of the beautiful classic cars every Fun Run as well as other BBLACC car shows even if you're not a contestant! There is no admission fee for attending as a visitor. Please come and enjoy the event!

There are more than 500 cars on display, many vendors for food/drinks and souvenirs as well as Big Bear Village businesses, great live music, many people with similar interests and beautiful weather. The "Cruise Around the Lake" event is a fun way to see all of the cars driving by. For more Big Bear information, please visit our: about Big Bear page.

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Schedule Summary 2023


Volunteers will be setting up Bartlett parking lot, cleanup and marking parking numbers. 8 AM until done.


Entrant check-in in Bartlett parking lot. 9 AM to 5 PM.


Gates open at 7:30 AM. We can't let cars into Village Drive or Pine Knot Avenue earlier as volunteers are still marking parking locations and numbers.

The color coded card you receive in your packet indicates the entry gate you must use to get to your parking space - one-way only. Volunteers will direct you to your space.

Late arrivals can register by 9 AM. Otherwise, spaces will be assigned to entries on the waiting list. Gates close at 9:30 AM.

Judging starts at 9:30 AM. Award winners will be notified by 2:30 PM. There are about 70 winner categories.

Cruise around the Lake starts at 3:30 PM. Follow directions in the foldout in your packet.


Awards Ceremony starts at 9:00 AM. You must be present to win! Engine drawing follows the Awards Ceremony; winner need not be present as info is on back of ticket.

Info for Entrants

Bring your postcard (or email or other) to the registration desk to get your registration packet. Inside the packet will be your parking number assignment on a colored card - red, white, or blue.

If you don't have your postcard, registration will have an alphabetical list of names with registration numbers.

Each entrant will sign that they have received their packet.

The colored parking card indicates which entrance you need to use to park your car. Refer to the map in the packet or look at the large map on the command center in the Bartlett parking lot. The colored parking card is required to enter the Village Saturday morning - no exceptions. The entrances will be manned by Civil Air Patrol volunteers who will check your card. Then Interact volunteers will direct you to your spot. The roads in the Village close at 9 AM.

Traffic direction in the Village is one-way only. Depending on your location, you will either park parallel to the street or park at a diagonal. Back-in only for diagonal spots. This sets everyone up for easy exit to go on the Cruise around the Lake.

Please make every effort to register on Friday. Registration is possible on Saturday, but you must park outside of the Village and then walk to registration in the Bartlett parking lot to get your packet. Be sure to do this early if you choose to do this. You must enter the show at the correct entrance by 9 AM.

There will be colored balloons are each entrance to help you see the entrance from afar. If you arrive at the wrong entrance, you will be directed to drive around to the correct entrance.

Friday: if you can't make the show on Saturday, come to registration on Friday (or contact the Fun Run Chairman) to offer up your parking space. There likely will be people on standby for a spot. A simple exchange (sale) can be made. The buyer must fill out an entry form which includes the release of liability form.

Saturday, 9 AM: spaces for no shows will be available for people waiting for a spot. People getting a spot must fill out a registration form and pay the entry fee. The fee for the no show is forfeit.


Judging starts Saturday morning at 9 AM. There are 70 awards to be handed out for multiple categories. A car can only win one award. (BBLACC members are not eligible for these awards.) Be aware that judges must walk the entire show to see your car and others.

After all cars are reviewed, judges return their results to the Chamber meeting room, where the results are tabulated. By about 1 PM, the judges will return to the winners to let them know to come to the Awards Ceremony Sunday morning. If you leave early for any reason, you will not receive notice of your award and thus not receive your award. Awards will only be handed out at the Awards Ceremony Sunday morning.

If you can't attend the Awards Ceremony Sunday morning, please indicate that on your parking card so that another entrant can get the award.

There will be a People's Choice award for BBLACC member cars. These cars are parked along the north end of Bartlett Road.

Cruise around the Lake

The Cruise around the Lake is one of the highlights of the Fun Run! Cars start exiting the Village at 3:30 PM. Please be patient! With 500 cars to get out it will take some time.

Cars on Pine Knot converge on Village Drive. Cars in Bartlett parking lot will go south to Village Drive. Cars then exit west to the signal at Village Drive and Big Bear Blvd. After discussion with the Sheriff, there will be no officer at this intersection to direct traffic. Exit will be done via the normal signal cycle. Please do not run the red light to be with your buddy!

Awards Ceremony

Awards will only be handed out at the Sunday morning Ceremony in Bartlett parking lot. You must be present to win. Please arrive early Sunday so that the winners can be aligned by award number.

Awards will be handed out by the award's sponsor, if present. Each winner receives a long stemmed rose in addition to the award trophy.

Info for Spectators

The show is open for spectators on Saturday, August 12, from 9 AM until the cars exit for the Cruise at about 3:30 PM. There is no spectator parking in the Village as Village Drive, Pine Knot Avenue, and Bartlett parking lot will be only be open for walking.

Weather is usually warm in August, but there could be thunder showers in the afternoon.

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Awards Ceremony Sunday morning

The Awards Ceremony, in Bartlett parking lot, is not just fun for the winners. We will have bleachers set up for spectators. Come out and cheer on your favorite car! Awards Ceremony starts at 9 AM. We plan on having a singer for the National Anthem and a color guard to honor our flag.

Info for Volunteers

Please arrive on time for your assignment. Volunteers are needed from Thursday through Sunday. See the work list posted here.

All volunteers will receive a coupon for a T-shirt. Meal tickets are also provided based on your assignments throughout the day. Redeem the meal tickets at Mill Creek food vendor.

There is parking for volunteers in the Cottage Lane parking lot to the north of Murray’s for Saturday. You must have a Staff Parking permit to park in this lot. Staff Parking permits will be handed out at the member meeting or on Thursday or Friday during setup and registration.

Enter the lot from Big Bear Blvd via Cottage Lane if you arrive after roads in the Village are closed.

Club Parking

For Registered Cars, the Fun Run committee will try to park you with your car club and/or friends, provided you have completed information on the registration form. However, we will be unable to guarantee any request to park your group or club in a specific space or location. Your best chance to get a preferred space is to be prompt when you return the application. All spaces not claimed by 9:00 AM Saturday are subject to reassignment. Trailer Parking will be made available.

Cruise Around the Lake Event:

Cruise line up tentatively starts at 3:30 PM, Saturday at Village Drive & Big Bear Boulevard.

The Cruise goes West from the Village entrance on Hwy 18, across the Dam. Turn right on Hwy 38 and go through Fawnskin. Continue on Northshore, and turn right on Northshore Lane (Hwy 38) to Stanfield Cutoff and turn right, go across the cutoff to Big Bear Blvd. and turn right, and back to the Village.

Bartlett Lot

Fun Run Rules:

Due to insurance liability issues, the following rules are in effect for all Fun Run events. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

1. No vehicles will be allowed entry after 9:30 AM or exit before 3:30 PM from designated show area. There will also be no vehicle movement allowed (e.g.: pin stripping appointments, etc.) within the show. Medical emergencies will be the only exception. Go to the information booth to make arrangements.

2. Burn outs will not be allowed within the show area nor on the Cruise Around the Lake. Failure to comply will result in not being allowed to participate in future shows.

3. Pop-ups are not to be set up in assigned/numbered parking spaces on the streets or parking lots. They may be used on sidewalks, and dirt/open areas where space allows.

4. All pop-ups must be weighted down to protect cars and participants from damage and injury caused by movement from wind.

If you've got a photo/video gallery from the Fun Run or other BBLACC event you'd like to share, send the link to us and we might show it on our site! Thanks!

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