Litchfield’s CJR holding Cars for Kids show Oct. 9

LITCHFIELD — The Valley Collector Car CluB and the Historical Automobile Club of Litchfield Hills will collaborate with the Connecticut Junior Republic on Sunday to present the 9th Annual Cars for Kids Auto Show.

This event will be held from 10 am to 3 pm at Junior Republic’s Litchfield campus on Route 63, with doors opening at 8 am for exhibitors. The rain date is October 16. The first 100 exhibitors will receive a plaque on the board. The first 200 registered in the show car will receive display bags. Tickets for show cars are $10 per car.

An exhibitor prize drawing will be held at 1:30 pm and more than 20 trophies will be awarded at 2:30 pm Spectator admission is $5 per car with unlimited occupancy.

Hay rides and tours of the CJR farm will be offered and a silent auction featuring nearly 40 items will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Breakfast sandwiches and hot dogs, hamburgers, a rotisserie chicken sandwich, fries and beverages will be sold in the to show.

Litchfield Aid of CJR will also host its annual Bake Sale, featuring breakfast baked goods, cakes, cookies and other treats. The CJR Farm Market will sell fall pumpkins, mums, pies, and other seasonal and student-crafted items, including Adirondack chairs.

Union Savings Bank is the top tier Concours sponsor of the event and FM 97.3 WZBG is the media sponsor. Proceeds from the show will benefit Junior Republic.

“With the leadership of some very special friends, including Union Savings Bank and FM 97.3 WZBG, and the support of many other generous businesses and organizations, and our sponsoring car clubs, we look forward to exceeding $33,000 in net proceeds raised last year, and to surpass the nearly 400 show cars and total attendance of 1,100 exhibitors, spectators and volunteers that made these results possible,” said event chairman Joseph Greco of Litchfield. He stated that all proceeds will benefit the youth and families served by CJR at locations throughout Connecticut.

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Both the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club and the Valley Collector Car Club are nonprofit groups dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of classic automobiles and the support of charities in the community.
“This show welcomes antiques, muscle cars, trucks, custom cars, exotics and street rods, and we anticipate a large turnout this year,” said Glenn Royals, president of the Litchfield Hills Historic Automobile Club. He noted that special sections for electric vehicles and other brands will be added this year as a result of interest from several Connecticut auto clubs.

Founded in 1904, Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education, and family support to young people so they can become productive and fulfilling members of their homes, schools, and communities. Today, the organization’s combined programs serve approximately 1,600 boys and girls annually.

For more information, contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations at 860-567-9423, extension 252; or email [email protected]

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