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Secret Santa Car Show coming to Oakwood
Santa looks under the hood of a classic car during the Secret Santa Car Show last year in Oakwood.

Secret Santa Car Show

When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17

Where: University of North Georgia Gainesville campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood

Cost: Free for spectators; $25 donation for show vehicles

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Everything from antique trucks to the newest corvettes are expected to be at the annual Secret Santa Car Show in Oakwood.

Originally scheduled for Oct. 10, the car show postponed its activities to Saturday, Oct. 17, at the University of North Georgia Gainesville campus at 3820 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

Vehicles of all makes and models will dominate the college campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Organizers hope to meet their goal of 200 vehicles at the college campus.

Vehicle registration is a $25 donation and owners may sign in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fourteen “best of” trophies and “Top 25” plaques will be awarded.

In addition to the car show, other activities include a silent auction, vendors, raffles, food and live entertainment throughout the day.

Local businesses have provided auction items, including tickets to Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Lights, free rounds of golf and various auto services from Hayes Automotive in Oakwood, to name a few.

The car show also will feature a “Buy Now” corner with reasonably priced and sundry items starting at $5. A bobblehead from a Six Flags commercial, Hank Williams Jr. singing and dancing doll and metal art sculptures are among the items.

Vendors will sell items ranging from spices and sunglasses to handcrafted guitars made from washboards and hubcaps, event coordinator Sheri Millwood said.

Lanier Produce will sell fruits and vegetables including pumpkins, for cooking or carving in celebration of the fall season.

“We will have hot dogs and hamburgers cooking on the grill throughout the day as well as popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and of course — boiled peanuts.” Millwood said.

She said boiled peanuts always are a crowd favorite at the event.

Store More in Oakwood also donated $2,000 to be raffled. Each car entered in the show will have one ticket in the raffle, though more are available for purchase.

As the adults admire the wide range of vehicles, children can enjoy a free kids’ corner featuring a bounce house, balloon artist and face painting.

Live entertainment will be provided from local dance academies as well as a gospel singing group, with performances throughout the day.

Directional signs all around Oakwood will help show the way to the activities at the Car Show.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Secret Santa of Oakwood. Secret Santa provides needy families with presents for children during Christmas.

“(The show is) all about fellowship and fun, Millwood said.

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