Santee Car Show & BBQ Festival this Saturday – East County Business News by Rick Griffin

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

East County Business News by Rick Griffin

Start your engines. The Santee Chamber of Commerce will host its 4th annual Santee Car Show & BBQ Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 12, in the Riverview Office Park, at the corner of Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway. The event is expected to feature more than 250 sports cars, classic cars, muscle cars, trucks, hot rods, race cars, off-road vehicles, motorcycles and specialty vehicles on display, along with 150 vendor booths, including BBQ vendors and snack-and-treat vendors and a stage with live musical entertainment. Also, a beer garden will serve brews from local breweries. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend. Proceeds will benefit the Santee Food Bank and Santee Santas programs.
Sponsors include 105.7 The Walrus, KGB 101-FM, O’Rielly Auto Parts, Walmart,, Santee Lakes, Mustang Shop, Courtesy Chevrolet, Express Performance Center, Sherwin-Williams, Union Bank, Geico, Barona Resort & Casino, Waste Management, Lloyd Collisoin & Paint Center, SDG&E, AT&TR Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers, Sycuan Casino, Mark Luhr’s Custom Upholstery, S&S Trophies, Firestone, Fix Auto Santee, Hooters, Mission Federal Credit Union, 5-Star Automotive Center, McDonald’s, Praxair and SoCal Paint Works. Beer garden sponsors are Manzanita Brewing Co., BNS Brewing & Distilling and Butcher’s Brewing. A raffle for a 1966 Mustang will be held. For more event information, visit