Annual car show set for Saturday

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- The 37th annual Artesian City Car Show will take place Saturday at The Albany Mall. Organizers are hoping for the best turnout of classic automobiles in the history of the event.

"The most vehicles we're ever had was 136," Artesian City Car Club Secretary Bruce Garey said. "We hope to exceed that number this year. Show Chairman Chuck Morton has been working hard and beating the bushes trying to bring new clubs down here. We do think we'll exceed 140 cars."

The show opens a 9 a.m. and is open to the public at no charge.

The Artesian City Car Club was founded in 1970 and is one of the oldest active automotive enthusiast groups in south Georgia. More than 60 families comprise the membership of the organization, representing a wide variety of vehicular interests.

More than 100 of the area's most interesting collector vehicles were entered into last year's show.

Best In Show Custom went to Buddy Holloman of Americus for his 1938 Chevy Special and Echo Burrell of Juliette was Best In Show Original with her 1958 Chevy station wagon.

Five drawings will be held during the course of the show for $100 in cash prizes to be awarded to judged entrants in the show. First and second place trophies will be awarded in 34 classes.

There will also be a 50/50 Charity Raffle in which the public can participate. Last year more than $800 was raised with half going to the raffle winner and the other half split between the Club's two charities -- The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund and the Methodist Youth Home in Americus.

All door prizes will be awarded to ticket holders in the 50/50 raffle, but all entrants must be present when the drawings are held at 3 p.m. to claim their prizes.

As usual, the pubic is invited to inspect the show entrants and the only request by all car owners is to please refrain from touching the cars.