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Arts & Entertainment Annual Highlands Motoring Festival set for July 15-17

What is known in the car collecting community as “a cherry condition” ’29 Chevy pickup.The Highlands Motoring Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, is announcing plans for the 4th Annual Highlands Motoring Festival scheduled July 15-17, in beautiful downtown Highlands.

Each year the Highlands Motoring Foundation selects a local charity to receive proceeds generated as a result of the festival; this year’s event will provide valuable financial support to the Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society.

The festival features an expanded list of activities this year and will begin on Friday evening, July 15, with car show participants gathering on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. for early registration and cruise in activities. There will be prizes awarded and Highlands Motoring Festival promotion items will be available for purchase.

Saturday features a car show scheduled 10 am until 4 p.m. at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park on Pine Street in downtown Highlands; we anticipate more than 100 beautiful automobiles of various makes and models will be displayed at the event. Participants will be vying for Best of Show and Top 25 awards; the public can participate in the judging of the automobiles by voting for the People’s Choice Award. In addition to the automobiles; there will be food, entertainment, raffles, Highlands Motoring Festival promotion items including posters and caps for sale, and, many good pets seeking forever homes. The car show event will also feature the Bridgestone Racing Simulator; the simulator will provide the public the opportunity to test their driving skills on a high speed road course. During the car show, the festival committee will host a Ladies Poker Run that will feature participants touring Highlands and visiting many of the downtown merchants.

A ’57 Chevy on display at last year’s festival.Activities continue Sunday with a road rally and brunch; cars and their owners will gather on Main Street at 9 a.m. for instructions and directions. The road rally is open to everyone; you may drive any type vehicle. Participants will depart Main Street about 9:30 a.m. for a three-hour tour of local mountain roads that includes drive by visits to three local waterfalls. Along the way, participants will stop and enjoy a pre-arranged buffet brunch. The road rally will conclude with a meeting at the Ugly Dog Pub for award presentations.

The Highlands Motoring Festival is open to the public and there is no admission fee to attend any of the activities. Registration fee for car show participants is $25 per car for prior registrations and $35 on the show date. Participation fee for the road rally and brunch is $15 per person.

The Highlands Motoring Foundation is totally committed to making this event one of the premier car collector events in the United States; an event the Town of Highlands; its sponsors; its citizens; and the local charity will be proud to be associated with and support. It is a family event for the community and the public is encouraged to attend and enjoy the many activities. The festival also provides a significant new revenue stream for the businesses in the Town of Highlands and surrounding area.

For additional information, please visit our website: highlandsmotoringfestival. com or contact one of the following:

Highlands Chamber of Commerce
James L. Pollan Chairman
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