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Autorama rolls into St. Clements

All things auto will be on showcase at the fourth annual Autorama in St. Clements this weekend.

The popular car show takes place today (Saturday) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine, and will feature free admission both for vehicle entrants and spectators.

Also on tap are a silent auction, 50/50 draws, food and refreshments, a beer garden and show vendors. All proceeds from the event go toward the enhancement of the community centre.

Ten trophies are to be awarded for different categories, such as classic and vintage, including a new category this year honouring the late Robert Wall, who was very involved with the organization of previous Autorama shows before passing away in the spring. The Wally Award will be given in the muscle car category.

One of the event’s organizers, Mark Hergott, is hoping the event – which typically pulls in a sizeable crowd – receives good weather and not too much competition from another car show in Mount Forest the same weekend.

Hergott said he hopes to top last year’s crowd of 170 by reaching 250.

It will be a challenge, but he remains optimistic.

“It’s pretty hard this year to make this come together because things have really tightened up in the economy and to make this all come together … is a little bit tough, but I’m just hoping it’s going to be a good day; hopefully, we’ll get a good turnout again – we’ve always had a great turnout,” he explained, noting that some of the big car companies that had showcased vehicles in the past, like the Big Three, likely won’t have a presence this time around.

That said, Hergott was out this week soliciting other dealers to see if they’d play a role.

In addition to cars, draws and a beer garden, KFUN 99.5FM will be on site providing tunes for the day.

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