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ALACHUA – Hotrods, exotic, classic and imported cars will be proudly displayed at the First Annual Alachua Car Show this Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. at the Alachua Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.

Restaurants will be open and locally-owned shops will welcome local residents and newcomers.

“We’ve always wanted to do this,” Alachua Mayor Gib Coerper said. “There’s going to be over 32 cars there along the street, and we’re also going to raise an old flag from the 60s by the old post office, in front of what is now the Welcome Center.”

The event is in part a fundraiser for two local elementary schools - W. W. Irby and Alachua Elementary. Donations collected from the car owners who entered their car into the show will go to help fund school supplies.

“We are trying to drive people downtown,” Alachua Chamber President Joe Hancock said. “The type of planning that comes into this has a lot of moving parts. It involved networking with the Ferrari and Porsche clubs down south.”

With less than two months of planning time, Hancock said the first annual event will be a time to work out kinks.

“This year we were hoping to just get it started,” he said. “Next year we will be expanding with food trucks and a bounce house.”

With weather expected to be sunny and clear at a comfortable 75 degrees, local shops and car owners alike are hoping to see a good turnout.

“We’re hoping to make it an annual event and a tradition,” Hancock said. “We want to enhance businesses downtown while supporting our local schools.”

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