TICONDEROGA - From 1932 Model A Fords to 1960s muscle cars - with a few classic pickups added to the show fleet for good measure - the annual Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce Antique & Classic Car Show, which includes the Super Wheels qualifying event, has a vehicle that's going to catch the eye of the most demanding car buff. This year's judged show, which will feature more than 200 displayed vehicles, is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Bicentennial Park.
The Ticonderoga show, now in its 18th year, was started through the vision and hard work of Tim and Carol Whitford, according to JoAnn Geisel of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce.
"Tim has been a long-time show volunteer and remains one of the driving force behind the auto show," said Geisel. "Tim and Carol will be involved again this year."
There will be more than 100 trophies awarded in 35 different vehicle classes. The cost to register a vehicle is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate. Unlike similar car shows, this event is a real deal - it's free for spectators.
In addition to being among the best of the Champlain Valley's car shows, the event kicks off Saturday with a poker run starting at 12:30 p.m. at Adam's Rib Restaurant. Then, throughout the afternoon, the Ticonderoga Farmers' Market will offer show attendees a variety of produce and assorted goods - all locally grown and produced. On Saturday evening, the "show prep" is topped off with the second annual Headliner Saturday Night concert.
Last year's concert was a such big hit, according to Geisel, the venue was bound to become a permanent fixture to the weekend.
"It's an ideal prelude to the car show the following day," she said.
The 2010 headliner will star comedian-actor Rusty DeWees as "The Logger." His one-man show of North County humor will keep the audience in stitches. In addition to the stage, DeWees has become a familiar face to local screen fans. He has performed on TV's "Law and Order," and most recently, in the indie film about North Country bootleggers, "Disappearances."