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Mountain State Street Machines

Auto Extravaganza draws cars, spectators

July 8, 2013
By Chad Clem Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

The 27th Annual Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce Mountain State Street Machines Auto Extravaganza was a roaring success through the Independence Day holiday weekend.

The car show drew over 400 machines from all over the Mountain State, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, Indiana, Maryland and North Carolina. The annual celebration of motorized machines kicked off with the Cruise-in on Friday where the rides parked along Railorad Avenue and Third Street. Also on Friday, a firework display went off, despite heavy rain.

Events continued on Saturday as the cars moved to the Elkins City Park. Sunny skies were a welcome to organizers who remembered last year's event cancelation from the derecho and the power outages it left in its wake. The event organized by the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.

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The Inter-Mountain photos by?Chad Clem
Lee Smith’s 1932 Sedan at the Mountain State Street Machines car show. Smith travelled from Virginia to make it to the show.

"We were afraid for the weather this year, because of the severe weather that happened last year during this same time," ERCCCExecutive Director Jess Arbogast said. "But I would say that this has been a huge success this year."

The participants seemed to think so, too.

"We've been coming here since the 90's and look forward to this every year," said Chad Good, who traveled with some friends from Virginia to attend the car show this year. "The town is great and is very open to visitors. We feel very welcome every time we come here."

Bill Hartwell travelled from Tyler County to come to the event with his friends including Sharon Hartwell, Jerry Cremeans, Linda Cremeans and Chris Blanchard.

"We love the location and all of the people in the area," Bill Hartwell said. "This is an event that we would love to come back to in the future."

"It's great to see everyone enjoying themselves," said Arbogast. "From the sponsors to the local patrons and those who have travelled from out-of-state it really helps make this event memorable and worth all of the hard work everyone puts into it."

Along with wondering through the park looking at a variety of cars, visistors also had the opportunity to participate in a digital scavenger hunt and games. Awards and prizes were handed out to participants of the car show and the several side events.

The car show is sponsored by many organizations and companies throughout the area, including Elkins-Randolph Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Committee, chaired by Robbie Morris, the law offices of McNeer, Highland McMunn and Varner, The Randolph County Commission, Frontier Communications, Citizen's Bank in Elkins, Elkins Metal Recycling and Elkins Fordland.

Contact Chad Clem by e-mail at cclem@theintermountain.com.

 
 

 

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