Bo Huff is the grand marshall of Community Daze for 2015. Huff is a longtime resident of Dragerton. He and his family moved there in the early 50s for his dad to work in the coal mines. They moved from Clarksville, Arkansas in a 1935 Ford ton-and-a-half truck. Due to the housing shortage, they moved from Dragerton, where they stayed with friends, to Price, then to Sunnyside, and finally found a home in Dragerton. Huff’s dad worked for Kaiser Steel for 23 years.
Huff has always had a love for cars. He remembered seeing the older guys driving their lowered, fixed-up cars and this set his lifelong passion. When he was 18, he went to body and fender school in Denver, Colo. with his friend Stan Robles, also from Dragerton. There, he learned the basics of body work and painting cars. His first custom car shop was in Cypress, Calif. This was in the late 60s. After a while, he decided to tour the US in a 1948 Ford two-ton truck with an Air Stream trailer on the back. This was one of the first motorhomes. After touring for a while, he settled back into Arkansas. He opened a custom shop in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Huff always loved Dragerton and moved back, worked at Kaiser Steel for a while and then opened up his shop in Sunnyside, where he has been since 1981.
Huff has built many, many custom cars and hot rods. He has established a name for himself and is recognized worldwide in the custom car world. Bo’s cars have been in numerous magazines like Street Rodder, Ol Skool Rodz, Hot Rod Mechanic, Rod and Custom, Car Kulture Deluxe and more. Huff has been honored by receiving the National Rod and Custom Car Hall of Fame, Kustom Kemps Hall of Fame and Customs of America Hall of Fame awards.
Huff has been blessed with six beautiful children who are carrying on his passion.
Huff also has a custom car museum in Dragerton in the old Menotti store where he has his work on display.
In 1981, Huff and Danny Summers got a bunch of cars together and met up to Sunnyside Park and about three years later the two cities got together and started Community Daze. It has grown into the great celebration it is today.