Thomson played host to the Ninth Annual Classic Car Show At The Depot in downtown Thomson on Saturday.
The event is sponsored by the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce and honors Cecil Hogan, an avid car and truck enthusiast who started the Thomson Classic Car Show in 2002, and is remembered for his 1923 Hot Rod he nicknamed "T-Bucket."
"The car show's always a big event," said Mike Carrington, executive director of McDuffie Forward, who was cooking hot dogs for visitors. "In the past it was mostly classic cars, from the '40s, '50s, '60s, that sort of thing, but we've also added some newer categories for the fast and furious fans. A lot of kids and families come out, look at the cars, have something to eat, and it's a lot of fun."
The show featured over 50 cars in competition. Trophies were awarded for third, second, and first place in nine different categories, including categories for cars from the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s, muscle cars, trucks, imports, and late model cars, as well as Best in Show.
"Gas prices have hurt the turnout this year," said show committee member Dena Williams. "We're down from over 70 cars last year, but we really appreciate everyone who has turned out for it, especially the people bringing their cars and showing them, and the vendors who serve food and drinks."
The show also featured musical entertainment by TMT Productions, vendors, crafters, door prizes and an auction.
The winning cars for the day included Billy Rodgers' 2003 Mustang, which took first place in the Late Model category, Rick Huffman's 1955 Ford F-100, first place in the Truck category and Arita Morrett's 2005 Ford Mustang, which won first place in the Muscle Car category as well as Best in Show.