Foot traffic is the only traffic allowed on Main Street next week. But, that doesn't mean there won't be cars.
The annual Car Show at the Depot is Saturday, April 24 in Thomson, and has expanded and moved from the Depot parking lot onto Main Street. The street will be closed from the railroad tracks on Main Street to the White Oak Road intersection.
"We just started running out of room and we needed more space," organizer Cindy Johnston said. "So hopefully, this is going to work out. It's just one of those things you don't know until you try it."
In its eighth year, the Car Show at the Depot features a car show of hundreds of vehicles of every type -- classic, custom built, hot rods, low riders and trucks. The classic cars will enhance the atmospheric sounds of 50s and 60s music provided by DJ Taylor Carrington throughout the day. Food and craft vendors, hula hoop and dance contests, raffles and door prizes and inflatable rides will make a day every member of the family will enjoy. And those who aren't feeling the fun can pay to use a sledge hammer and take their frustrations out on an old demolition car.
"The theme is 'Bring a Kid to the Car Show,'" Mrs. Johnston said. "But really, we just try to get the whole family involved."
All traffic will be rerouted so the show cars can be parked along Main Street. Members of the car show committee met with city officials, Georgia Department of Transportation officials and law enforcement agencies to make a detour route. Members of the National Guard, McDuffie County Sheriff's Department and Thomson Police Department will be on Hwy. 17 to direct big trucks onto Wire Road and White Oak Street, and at the Hill and Jackson streets intersection to make sure only local traffic goes onto Jackson Street as far as the railroad tracks. No traffic at all will be allowed past the railroad tracks. The street will be closed from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
For more information, or to register a vehicle for the car show, call the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce at 706-597-1000 or visit the chamber of commerce page on www.thomson-mcduffie.com.
The Car Show at the Depot is sponsored by Anthony's Auto Sales, Jimmy and Dena's Body Shop, Hogie Joe's, Insides and Outsides, Milsco, Sunset Auto Sales, Brier Patch Gifts and Tanning, Rockwell Plantation, It's Southern Thing and the City of Thomson.