World's largest antique car show rolls into Hershey - abc27 WHTM

World's largest antique car show rolls into Hershey

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The world's largest antique car show and flea market kicks into gear Wednesday in Hershey.

A quarter of a million people from around the world are expected to visit, which is good news for local businesses.

The parking lots of Hersheypark and Giant Center are packed. From Wednesday through Saturday, vendors and visitors from all over the world will make a pit stop in Hershey for the Antique Automobile Club of America's Eastern Division National Fall Meet.

"Well anybody that enjoys and loves automobiles should be here," show chairman Kurt Froebel said. "You see anything and everything you want, the vendors are selling all kinds of parts, there's all kinds of cars for sale; just the love of the car hobby."

There will be 1,500 classic cars on display, 1,000 will be for sale and 9,000 vendors will be selling everything from model cars to car parts.

It is the largest show of its kind in the world. That is why people travel here from near and far, like Joan Huffman, who drove 24 hours round-trip.

"'Cause you won't find this big of a swap meet anywhere that's car-related," Huffman said.

Richard Beckwith came all the way from Connecticut to sell his 1931 Ford Deluxe Roadster and to do some shopping himself.

"A man gets a part, sells it and then goes out and he spends the money somewhere else. And we're all done, we have no money, we have different rust and we go home happy," Beckwith said.

But not all of that money stays at the car show. A lot of the money ends up back in the community in many of Hershey's shops and restaurants.

"Well, anytime we have an event this big, everyone benefits," said Kathleen McGraw, Director of Communications for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts. "Our hotel and lodge are at near capacity or on some nights they're already booked. All of our restaurants will see an uptick this weekend and throughout the week."

The car show starts Wednesday and will roll through Saturday. Admission is free.

For a list of events, visit http://www.hersheyaaca.org/fm_schedule.html.


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