Labor Day Car Show to see 40th year

By Portia Williams

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The James Dickey Post 23 of the American Legion is preparing to host the 40th Annual Portsmouth Labor Day Car, Truck and Bike Show on Monday, Sept. 7. This year’s event will be held on Market Street in the downtown area of Portsmouth. Registration will be from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. with a fee of $10.

David Pack, coordinator of the 40th Annual Portsmouth Labor Day Car, Truck and Bike Show, said the event is now under new management. The event is being sponsored by Proactive Occupational Medicine, Inc.

“Before, it was a car club that ran for 40 years. We wanted to keep the tradition going. It is always good to have a car show going on Labor Day with all of the other festivities,” Pack said. “It is is usually held on Second Street, but with all of the traffic presently going back and forth on the bridge, we are going to have it on Market Street.”

According to Pack the vehicles for the Car, Truck, and Bike Show will be positioned along the expanse of Market Street.”It will be on all of Market. We will block Market off for Labor Day, and it will run across Third, going out to Fourth St. near Kelly Carpet,” he said.

“The one thing that is new, is we have a Top 75 Show. So, there will be 75 awards going out to the best vehicles. Before, the cars were put into classes, and to a lot of people it was confusing, but we have rectified that, so it is no longer what they call a class car show,” he said.

The Jimmy Saddler Memorial Best of Show will be given out at the event.

“We are going to be giving away a three-foot trophy for the Best of Show, it’s going to be the Jimmy Saddler Memorial Best of Show which memory of Jimmy Saddler, who was with the American Legion, and just recently passed away,” he said.

Food will be provided at the event by the Ladies Auxiliary, with music from DJ K.C. There will also be a 50/50 drawing, drinks, and more. All proceeds from the Car Show will be allocated for veterans, according to Pack.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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