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Full slate of chamber events begin Saturday

For Thomson High School Automotive Instructor Chan Drake, this isn't just another car.

For several months, Mr. Drake and two of his top students -- recent state auto skills champs Phillip Edwards and William Shelton -- have been busy restoring a 1967 white Ford Mustang coupe, a car that belonged to the late Charlie Hill, THS' longtime vocational instructor who also hired Mr. Drake 17 years ago.

"We have an outstanding vocational wing here," he said. "And (Mr. Hill) hired all of those folks."

The car is being restored so that it can be entered in Saturday's Camellia City Classic car show, which is being organized by the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce and presented by Thomson Plastics.

"I just wanted to thank Charlie Hill for hiring me," said Mr. Drake. "We're going to bring the car -- that these guys have restored and refurbished -- to the car show in Thomson."

All kinds of vintage cars will be on display during the show, which will be held outside the Thomson Depot from noon until 5 p.m.

"We're going to have Railroad Street blocked off, and it'll be there," said Chamber Director Carolyn Gilbert. "Felicity's, Lovelace Jewelers and (Ivery's Restaurant) will be open that day. The Shriners will also be out front, and they're going to be cooking hot dogs and stuff like that."

Mrs. Gilbert said that the response to the show has been overwhelming.

"Everybody's really excited about this," she said. "I'm really blown away by how much interest there's been in this."

Walk-up registration on the day of the show will be $20.

While the Chamber expects lots of people to come out for the car show, interest in Market Day hasn't been as promising. Local officials had planned for the bi-monthly farmer's market to start at the beginning of May.

But Mrs. Gilbert said that she hasn't heard from too many people interested in selling their produce on Saturday mornings during the summer, and the first Market Day has been postponed indefinitely.

"We're trying to get this off the ground," she said. "I've not heard from anybody. Market Day will happen; it's just in process right now, trying to get it set up. We're trying to drum up some interest." She went on to say that any sellers interested in participating should contact her at 597-1000.

Also on the Chamber's plate is the annual Beach Blast, which will be held Friday, June 11 at the newly renovated and remodeled 1810 West Inn. The evening will include provided food and drinks, as well as music from the beach band The Grapevine.

"I've even gotten somebody to give us sand, so we're going to have sand like a beach in the dance area," said Mrs. Gilbert.

Unlike past years, partygoers will not be able to bring their own refreshments. Also, ticket prices have been slashed down to $10 in an effort to include the entire community, according to Mrs. Gilbert.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity to come out and see what a wonderful place they have out there," she said.



Web posted on Thursday, May 13, 2004


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