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Downtown Fostoria will be bustling with summer events on Friday.
Community members will have an opportunity to admire classic and antique vehicles during the 16th Annual Car Show hosted by the Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau.
The show will feature cars, trucks and motorcycles along Main Street from North to South streets, including a new-car display from Reineke Family Dealerships — a sponsor along with Mennel Milling Co.
“Traditionally, the chamber car show had included motorcycles. I’m not sure when that dropped off, but we wanted to invite that back this year,” said Sarah Stephens-Krupp, chamber/small business director.
The show will kick off at 4 p.m. with auto registration and will conclude at 8 p.m. with awards.
Krupp said 15 awards will be presented, including Best in Show, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, Best Mopar, Best GM, Best Ford, Best Import Car, Best Muscle Car, Best ’40s and ’50s Car, Best Pre-War Car, Best Mustang, Best Corvette, Best Paint Job, Best Late Model Car (1975 or newer) and Best Custom Motorcycle.
Pre-registration costs $10. Forms are available on the chamber website at www.fostoriaohio.org/about/carshow or can be picked up at the chamber office, 121 N. Main St.
The first 100 registrants will receive goody bags courtesy of the event sponsors and participating chamber members.
Registration the day of the event is $15.
“It’s a nice event that draws people into the downtown and also gets our automotive-related members good exposure to their target audience,” Stephens-Krupp said. “But it’s not just about cars. It gets people downtown.”
An addition this year will be the first Habitat Bash.
During the car show, the Fostoria Area Habitat for Humanity will host an entertainment tent on the parking lot at the corner of Center and Main streets, featuring members of the band Rough Country as well as draft beer and other adult beverages.
Beer will be sold at $3 per can while margaritas will be sold for $5.
Attendees must be 21 or older to drink and must show an ID before entering the tent. There will be no cover charge.
“We just want people to come on down and, of course, we want them to buy beer to help raise money,” said Tiffiny Morel, Habitat fundraising committee chair.
All proceeds from the entertainment tent, which will be set up from 5-9 p.m., will benefit Fostoria Area Habitat for Humanity.
Fostoria Habitat for Humanity recently began a build on East Jackson Street with plans to begin another build on Lynn Street.
In addition to the beer tent, food and non-alcoholic beverages will be available at downtown restaurants.
Leadership Seneca County will also be serving sandwiches, chips, water and pop. Sales will benefit the organization.
Those coming downtown Friday will run into some street closures after 2 p.m.
However, many parking areas will be available during the day, including the Ray Dell parking lot at the corner of South and Main streets, and the city parking lot on East Center Street.
West Tiffin Street will remain open for those who need to access downtown businesses on Main Street.
For more information on the car show, visit www.fostoriaohio.org or email Sarah@FostoriaChamber.com.
To add to the weekend’s festivities, the grassy lot at the corner of Main and Tiffin streets will be used Saturday during the Fostoria Farmers’ Market.
The theme of next weekend’s event will be Christmas in July.
Rawson Proud is seeking local crafters and vendors for the town festival craft show, scheduled for 2-9 p.m. July 21.
The fee is $20 and includes a 10-foot by 10-foot space. There will be no duplication of vendors.
Email RawsonProud@yahoo.com or message RawsonProud on Facebook to sign up.