Hot Rods for Hospice returns this Saturday

PLATTSBURGH - The cars will be lined up and on display as 8 Ball Billiards Caf presents the 4th annual Hot Rods for Hospice.

The event, slated for this Saturday, Aug. 7, will bring together car enthusiasts and supporters of Hospice of the North Country, the nonprofit organization for whom the family-friendly event benefits.

Jay Montpelier, owner of 8 Ball Billiards Caf and organizer of the event, said Hot Rods for Hospice has come a long way since it started in 2007, raising thousands of dollars for Hospice.

"Right from the get-go we knew this was only going to get bigger," said Montpelier. "And, knowing this is only going to get bigger and bigger and better and better is really great."

Amanda M. Bow, director for development for Hospice of the North Country, said with what the event offers, she's not surprised it's getting bigger.

"It takes a long time sometimes for newer events to pick up momentum, but there's always a good crowd here," said Bow. "It gives us an opportunity to get our name out there and promote Hospice and have fun at the same time. There really is something for everyone."

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with registration for antique cars, classic cars, street rods, tuners, trucks and motorcycles. Cars will be on display beginning at 10 a.m., with a parade to take place at 12 p.m., led by the Clinton County Sheriff's Department. Live entertainment, kids games, face painting, pony rides, raffles and auctions will help round out the day.

Returning this year will be a pig roast at 1 p.m.

"We did it the first year, and its back this year with a chicken barbecue," said Montpelier, who said the pig roast was in high demand for this year.

Also new this year will be a volleyball tournament at 2 p.m. Horseshoe and pool tournaments, which have become traditions with attendees, said Montpelier, will also begin at 2 p.m.

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