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Get Revved Up for CNY’s Car Shows

Region offers wide variety of shows for car aficionados

By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Syracuse NationalsSoak up some sun and the sights of local classic cars. The area’s vintage car owners will have them all shined up for your enjoyment at various car shows and community events that include car shows.

Here’s a summary of the main car shows in the area:

June 12 —Mexico for the 6th Annual Mexico Car Show.

The show includes many vendors and chicken barbecue. You may also pick up some parts you seek for your own classic at the swap meet. Registration 9 a.m.; show noon to 5 p.m. VFW Field, Route 3 North. 315-263-2055.

June 18 — Clayton for the Classic Cars Classic Wines Car Show and Cruise In

Do you and dad love wine and classics? Then drive to Clayton for the Classic Cars Classic Wines Car Show and Cruise In on June 18 to celebrate Father’s Day early. Live music, food, wine, beer, wine slushies and craft vendors. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 17371 E. Line Road. 315-686-5600.

June 19 — Auburn’s Prison City Rambler’s Car Show

The event, on Father’s Day, June 19, offers over 500 classic and antique cars. $2 parking. Emerson Park. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 315-252-1516. www.prisoncityramblers.com.

July 4 — Car Show

A car show is part of Fair Haven’s Fourth of July Celebration, along with the Mile Long Parade down Main Street, chicken barbecue, carnival, car show, arts, crafts festival and live entertainment in Cayuga Street Park. Check the website for times and details. 315-947-5737. www.fairhavenny.com/calendar.html.

July 15 to 17 — Annual PPG Syracuse Nationals

If you attend only one car show this summer, make it the 17th Annual PPG Syracuse Nationals classic car show July 15 to 17. Featuring more than 8,000 cars and 400 vendors who converge at the New York State Fairgrounds, you’ll see plenty of automotive eye candy. Live music, swap meet, food and more. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday until 3 p.m. New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. 315-668-9703. www.rightcoastcars.com/contact.php.

July 22 — Newark Firefighters Family Festival

The event features a car show in addition to its 5K run, live music, rides, craft and food vendors, and fireworks. Firefighters Field, 100 Barker Parkway.

Aug. 13 — Founder’s Day

Auburn celebrates Founder’s Day Aug. 13 with a car show and live music from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Genesee Street, downtown Auburn. 315-253-6227 ext. 313. artflaire@unityhouse.com. www.unityhouse.com/about.html or 315-252-7874. www.auburndowntown.org.

Aug. 13 — 18th Annual Car Show

The Schuyler Corn Competition & 18th Annual Car Show in Utica on Aug. 13 also includes a dog show, comedy act featuring Owen Murphy, corn eating competition, car show, hula hoop contest, food vendors, and fireworks. The admission is free, but it’s $2 to compete in the corn eating contest. 3 to 8 p.m. 315-404-6847. www.facebook.com/Schuyler-Corn-Competition-and-Car-Show-189274821241027.

Aug. 14 — Show-N-Shine Car Show

Aug. 14 event in Sodus includes a flea market and food served by Timeless Classic Car members. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The judging begins at noon with awards at 3 p.m. Richard’s Auto, 7892 Ridge Road. 315-946-4751.

Aug. 20 — Wolcott Lions Club Annual Car Show

Event features some very nice classic cars lining both sides of Main Street. Trophies are awarded in several categories. Free to attend. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Make the most of the car shows you attend by calling in advance to confirm times and dates. Outdoor car shows are usually rescheduled in case of rain. Bring along cash for admission (if applicable) and food vendors; most events are cash-only. Sunglasses and sun screen will keep you more comfortable. Bring your camera to take plenty of snapshots. Most venues don’t permit dogs, so leave your furry pal at home.

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