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Seventh Annual Classic Car Show slated for downtown Thomson on April 25

It brings hundreds of people and lots of cool cars and trucks to downtown Thomson each year.

Known as The Classic Car Show in memory of Cecil Hogan, this year's event is slated for Saturday, April 25. And it is expected to be bigger and better than ever, according to Johnette Bell, who serves as the event's craft/vendor coordinator.

"We're planning on this year's event to be the biggest one, yet," said Mrs. Bell. 'We'll have over 100 crafters and vendors attending The Classic Car Show this year."

The event honors Mr. Hogan, an avid car and truck enthusiast, who participated in the event for years until his death.

The Classic Car Show is sponsored every year by the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce.

This year's show will feature classic cars and trucks like years past, as well as a special division which will include more sophisticated types of cars and trucks - "the kind that strike a fancy to the younger crowd," explained Mrs. Bell.

Having two different divisions this year is expected to draw an even bigger crowd than in the past, she added.

"We try to have a little something different every year," said Mrs. Bell. "We're going to have two old police cars that children and teenagers can beat up on with a big hammer. That should create a lot of interest and be a lot of fun."

An old Coca-Cola truck also will be on display.

"Every year they bring that old yellow, wooden Coca-Cola truck, it brings back a lot of memories to me, personally, because that's what my husband, Billy, did for so many years," said Mrs. Bell.

An auction also is planned with lots of nice door prizes being given away. A donation of $1 will gain participants a ticket and an opportunity to win one of the prizes being donated by a number of local businesses. The proceeds will go to help Manna, Inc., a community-based religious organization in Thomson that helps feed and clothe less fortunate families in the area.

"We wanted the money to go back into the community in a special way and we felt that through Manna, it could be used in a very meaningful way," said Mrs. Bell.

The disc jockey for this year's Classic Car Show, will be Taylor Carrington. Judy Shapiro, meanwhile, who has served as a volunteer for several years, will help provide other kinds of fun entertainment, such as dancing to 60s music and a hula-hoop contest.

"Judy is just one of our many volunteers who has a blast at the car show every year and helps find ways for everyone else to enjoy it, too," added Mrs. Bell. "She's a God-send."

Anyone interested in more information about the upcoming event can contact the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce at 706-597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009

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