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Valley Vintage Show complements West Fest

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The two-day Valley Vintage car show has served as a strong tie-in to West Fest for five years running, with the 33rd Annual event set in conjunction with West Fargo's community celebration, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and Sept. 20, at the Veterans Memorial Arena, 1201 7th Ave. E. Showtimes are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.

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Between 80 and 100 vehicles representing a variety of makes and models will be on display - classics, muscle cars, street rods, tuners and more - along with a number of related vendor booths.

Several 'unique' displays will also be among the viewing choices including: a 1910 Sears two-cylinder car that was ordered straight from the Sears catalog for $345; a 2008 Mustang Rauser, an expensive limited edition car, only one of 100 made; and a display of built to scale model-size vehicles replicating full-sized versions, designed and handcrafted by Cliff Savageau, a professional welder from Fargo.

The Valley Vintage Car Club had its origin in 1973 when it was organized as an independent club for car enthusiasts. The group's popularity has grown through the years with a present roster of 187 members.

Car Club President Gary H. Olson said members are excited about hosting the upcoming show, noting the Veterans Arena has been an excellent venue. "This is the fifth year we have held the show there and we have always been treated really well. Everything has really worked out nicely being involved with West Fest. It is a mutual thing - good publicity for us and our presence also adds to West Fest."

Jamie Olson, Facilities Manager of the Veterans Memorial Arena, said his staff looks forward to having the car show back and its members back each year. "They are a good bunch of guys and we all work well together. I hope people stop out after the parade and take in the show or that they come out to the Arena any time Sunday, when the show runs all day."

Other special guests invited to this year's show are North Dakota Governor John Hoeven, and four local mayors, Rich Mattern, West Fargo, Dennis Walaker, Fargo, Mark Voxland, Moorhead, and Keith Coalwell, Dilworth, who have been asked to participate and vote for their favorite in the Governor and Mayor's Choice categories.

The special awards ceremony at this year's show has been scheduled for Sunday afternoon, around 4:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Valley Vintage Car Show are available at all the local Stop-N-Go stores for $5 in advance. Admission price at each day of the show will be $6, with kids 12 and under free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information about the show, visit their Web site at www.valleyvintage.net.

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