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Hot rods cruise into Oakwood
Car show to raise funds for Secret Santa
Paul and Susan Cain of Lawrenceville stop by a 1958 Cadillac DeVille for a closer look while at last year’s annual Secret Santa Car Show at Hayes Chrysler in Oakwood.

Hot rods, muscle cars, trucks, antique and race cars will roll into Hall County for the fourth annual Oakwood Secret Santa Car Show on Saturday at Hayes Chrysler off of Frontage Road.

The vehicles will arrive at the lot at 9 a.m. to compete for awards and a $1,000 raffle. Vehicle registration closes at 1 p.m. and costs $20.

Proceeds will benefit the Oakwood Secret Santa program, which provides Christmas presents to needy children in the area.

“All of the money goes to this one project,” Event coordinator Sheri Millwood said. “All of it goes to provide Christmas to families in our community that will not have one without us.”

The top 25 cars will receive plaques and 11 “best of” awards will be recognized in the categories such as paint, interior, truck, motorcycle, import, Chevrolet, Ford and Corvette. Each registered car is also entered into the $1,000 raffle, which was donated by Store More Self Storage.

Aside from the car show, a variety of arts and crafts, vendors, auctions and other activities will be available to visitors.

Massage therapy students from the American Professional Institute will give free five-minute massages. A “Dawg Corner” will allow participants to watch the Saturday football game between Georgia and Tennessee. A silent auction featuring items donated by Road Atlanta, Lake Lanier Islands and others will take place and every 30 minutes.

Children can enjoy the “kid’s corner,” featuring an inflatable bounce house, face painter and caricature artist — all of which are free. In addition, Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck at noon for pictures and activities with the children.

The Martin Adams Band will provide live music all day.

The event is organized by a volunteer staff of 70 people, including members of the West Hall High School wrestling team, Oakwood city government employees, Hayes Chrysler employees and others.

“We believe that what you put out, you get back in return,” said Tim Hayes, owner of Hayes Chrysler. “We try to do everything we can for our community and this is just one way to do it.

“It’s not a little thing to put on a car show, but when it comes to charity, everyone comes together and makes things happen.”

Between 150 and 200 cars and as many as 4,000 people are expected to attend.

“We’re very optimistic this year,” Millwood said. “Every year, we try to add something new that our spectators and our car people will enjoy. This is a time for fun, food and fellowship.”

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