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Annual car show coming back to the Depot on May 6

The third annual Car Show at the Depot will be from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday, May 6. This year's event will be much different from last year's, according to event coordinator Dena Williams.

"It's not a cruise in," Mrs. Williams said. "It's actually a car show, with judges to judge the cars, cash prizes, trophies and dash plaques."

Entries in the car show are not limited to cars - any type of vehicle can be entered, Mrs. Williams said. The registration fee is $15, and forms are available online. Last year's show featured 100 vehicles. Carolyn Gilbert, executive director of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, said they are expecting at least 150 this year, "because we have so many car clubs involved."

A 1930 Chevy Coca-Cola Truck will be on display along with the other vehicles.

A new attraction this year will be remote control racing by the Augusta R/C Club. The club will bring a portable race track on which 1/10 scale stock cars can be raced.

"The Augusta R/C Racers Club is looking forward to our first race in Thomson. We hope that people will come out and race with us. If you do not want to race, come out and talk to our club members. We would love to tell you about our hobby," said Bill Fox, club member.

Also for the children will be a coloring contest, sponsored by both McDuffie County newspapers. Mrs. Williams said a picture will run in the papers in April for children to color and turn in before the show. All entries will be displayed at the show, and people will vote for their favorite.

The event will not be complete without vendors, food and live entertainment. Mrs. Williams said entertainment has not been confirmed yet, and they are still seeking vendors.

"It's not going to be a craft show, because it's the same day as the Dearing Mayfest. We won't have any kind of craft vendors unless it has to do strictly with automobiles," she said.

The car show is in memory of Cecil Hogan. Mr. Hogan started the first car show in Thomson, then died of cancer a few months later. He was a member of the CSRA Road Angels Car Club, and a founding member of Big Boys Tinker Toys Car Club. Mrs. Williams said one of the awards given at the car show will be named after Mr. Hogan.

"He had a real passion for cars, so we started the car show. We couldn't have done it without him because he just went all out. We had such a good time, and he was the reason it was so successful," Mrs. Gilbert said.

The Car Show, an annual Chamber event, is sponsored by Anthony Auto Sales, Jimmy and Dena's Body Shop, Culpepper Ford, Luckey Signs, Sunset Auto Sales and C&C Tires.

For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 597-1000, or visit the website at To print registration forms from the website, click on chamber, events, calendar of events, car show, then download form.

Web posted on Thursday, March 9, 2006

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