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Car lovers lend Santa a hand
Pantera owner Jeff Cronin, left, talks with fellow aficionado Gary Freas at the 2013 Oakwood Secret Santa Car Show. Cronin, of Suwanee, has owned the ’74 Pantera for more than 10 years, he said. Freas owns a 396-equipped ’69 Chevelle.

Oakwood Annual Secret Santa Car Show

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 with a rain date scheduled for Oct. 11

Where: Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 3115 Frontage Road, Oakwood

Cost: Free admission for spectators; a minimum $25 donation for vehicle registration

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A few months are still left before Santa makes his big appearance of the year, but some elves in Oakwood are already hard at work to make his job a little easier.

Held the first Saturday in October, the Secret Santa Car Show benefits the city of Oakwood’s Secret Santa program.

“The car show came about for two reasons,” event co-organizer Sheri Millwood said. “It started as a means to fund this project that we have. And we wanted to have good, clean family fellowship and entertainment.”

The car show runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at Hayes Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at 3115 Frontage Road in Oakwood. Parking and admission are free for spectators.

“It’s turned out to be one of the larger car shows in North Georgia,” event co-organizer Tony Tankersley said. “It’s just such a good venue. It’s a great location with a large variety of vehicles.

“Everybody in this area just really comes out to it with a variety of rides.”

Car owners can register their vehicles from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the day of the event for the minimum donation of $25. There will be a 3 p.m. drawing for $2,000, sponsored by Store-More Self Storage of Oakwood, for those who have registered their cars. Registrants must be present to win, and it won’t be decided until the day of the event if multiple drawings or one drawing will determine the $2,000 lump sum.

Proceeds are used to buy Christmas presents and supplies for Oakwood families in need as selected by the Oakwood Elementary School principal and Oakwood chief of police, Millwood said.

“We’re all about community here in Oakwood,” she said.

A rain date for the car show is scheduled for Oct. 11; a decision on whether or not to use that rain date will be posted online at by 10 p.m. Oct. 3.

“It’s all for a good cause,” Tankersley said. “Everybody that participates in this show, I think they’re very generous. The spectators are very generous and we always have a lot of vendors.

“You can just do a whole lot of different things at this one event.”

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