Flaming Leaves car show set in Keene Valley

— The roar of classic engines will be heard coming from Keene Valley for the sixth year as the American Legion Marcy Post 1312 will again host the Flaming Leaves Classic and Antique Car Rally Saturday, Sept. 22.

“The displays open at 10 a.m. and admission is free to the public,” Tom Both of the Legion said. “The cars will be organized at Marcy Field between the oval and the Holt House.”

Both said those who register for the car show receive a Flaming Leaves T-shirt.

“We have some good oldies, and some of them are pretty elaborate,” Both said. “This is one of the last car shows of the year and the number of cars we have really depends on the weather. We had 26 on a wet day last year, but we have had as many as 60.”

Both said that the rally will include music, food, refreshments and the annual Gas Raffle with tickets being purchased for $5 or six for $25.

“The winner gets $1,000 in gas cards, second place gets a $500 in gas cards and third gets $250,” he said.

Both said that the purpose of the rally is to help fund the programs of the American Legion, which include gift boxes that are sent to active military from the area with the help of Keene Central School students; the Memorial Day service; the Kenneth Lawrence Book Award to a graduating senior at KCS; the local fuel bank and a holiday toy program for those in need.

“With the gift packages, we want to recognize all of those who are on active duty who have graduated from Keene or have lived here in town,” Both said. “Last year, we also donated toward the Tropical Storm recovery fund.”

For more information or registering for the Flaming Leaves Classic and Antique Car Rally at Marcy Field in Keene Valley, call Carl Bigelow at 576-9908 or Both at 576-4292.

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