Car show, fireworks planned for holiday

The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to present the 29th Mountain State Street Machine Car Show this Fourth of July weekend.

“I’m looking forward to this year’s car show and the planning of this event hasbeen an exciting new experience,” said Jess Arbogast, the executive director of the ERCCC. “The committee has been working hard for months and without their hard work this car show wouldn’t have been possible.”

Hot rods, muscle cars, trucks and pick-ups, vintage cars, low riders and others will arrive from around the country to Railroad Avenue and Third Street late Friday afternoon.

The “cruise-in” event will kickoff the weekend with hundreds of classic cars on display at 5 p.m. in downtown Elkins.

A fireworks display will be offered at 9:30 p.m. Friday, after a talent show and other entertainment provided for spectators and car show participants near the train depot.

On Saturday, the Mountain State Street Machine Car Show will open in the Elkins City Park as hundreds of antique classic cars and hot rods roll in for one of the biggest car shows in the state.

The car show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, featuring vendors, games and entertainment.

“From hot rods and muscle cars, games and entertainment, vendors and good company, there’s a little something for everyone,” Arbogast explained. “The Chamber is honored to continue this long-standing event for the 29th year.”

The Martin Street Fair will also be offered in Elkins Friday and Saturday, sponsored by the Davis Health Systems Foundation. The Street Fair will be held along Martin Street, which is located in the Elkins Railyard.

The Street Fair will feature arts and crafts, food vendors, children’s activities, live music and entertainment and informational exhibits. Also on tap is a

Cavalcade of Stars beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the center stage.

All the bands appearing are recording artists for Lone Wolf Studios of Elkins and will feature their best tunes – something for every member of the family.

“We’re proud to be part of this new community event where we can showcase some of our best local talent,” said Lone Wolf owner, musician and producer Seth Maynard.

Bringing their unique creative flavor to the Martin Street Fair Stage is the group Good Vittles and Company, a high-energy, four-piece band. Members Christi Grace (vocals/ukulele/harmonica), Moe aka Brian Lasinski (vocals/guitar), Rick Miller (vocals/bass), and Troy Hoffman (drums/percussion), collectively offer a wide variety of original music and genres ranging from old-school R&B, soul, funk, folk, modern rock and jazz.

Additional groups for the Cavalcade include Aurora Celtic, Bowyer Drive and Osmosis. The evening culminates with fireworks so residents can bring their lawn chairs and settle in for music in a family friendly environment.

The combination of events makes this a special holiday weekend, Arbogast said.

“We are expecting a good show and have some great prizes to give out throughout the weekend,” she said. “The car show brings thousands of visitors to our community and makes a positive impact on the entire area.”

For more information on the weekend’s events, contact the Chamber office at 304-636-2717, or check out the 29th Mountain State Street Machines Auto Extravaganza Facebook event page.

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