Car show benefits Rotary charities

BRATTLEBORO — The second annual Brattleboro on Wheels cruise-in, pancake breakfast, and car show, a benefit for local Rotary charities, will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, in the parking area across from Brattleboro Union High School on Fairground Road.

Admission to the show is free for spectators.

The festivities get under way at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. Registration of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles also starts at 8 a.m. Special vehicles expected include an 1850s Concord stage coach and a 1930s oil delivery truck.

At 9 a.m. registration begins for the scavenger hunt rally, a leisurely drive through the area's scenic, mostly paved backroads looking for specified items of interest along the way.

A $10 fee per vehicle is charged for the cruise-in; if you have paid the show fee, there is no additional charge to participate in the scavenger hunt.

Visitors to Brattleboro on Wheels also may participate in a Turn Off Texting demonstration designed to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving by putting students behind the wheel of a golf cart to navigate a course of cones while texting. The Youth Safety Council of Vermont sponsors the event.

Other events during the day include free car-themed coloring books and crayons for the first 50 children accompanied by an adult. This is supported as part of the national Take a Kid to a Car Show promotion.

Additionally, visitors will find music by Tim Johnson, a 50-50 raffle with prize drawings several times each hour, and luncheon concessions.

More than just a car show, this community event will not only have activities for the entire family, but all proceeds will go to support local Rotary gift-giving.

Vermont Artisan Designs on Main Street is hosting a show of hot rod art by Robert W. Brunelle Jr. during the month of August. A portion of sales from that show will go to Rotary projects as well. Brunelle provided artwork for the Brattleboro on Wheels poster.

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