BERLIN - As warmer weather revs up, so does anticipation of annual car shows.
Auto buffs will have an opportunity Saturday to check out about 300 cars at the fifth annual Berlin Volunteer Fire Department and Connecticut Street Legends Autorama Car Show.
Former Fire Chief Jim Simons said the show will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sage Park off the Berlin Turnpike.
The event coincides with the town’s Memorial Day parade down Farmington Avenue, which starts at 9 a.m. and runs to about 11 a.m.
“It’s usually a great time,” said Simons. He said more than 250 cars were shown last year and he’s looking to have more take part this year.
For $10, participants can show their cars, with half of the entry fee benefiting veterans organizations.
“You’re the first people we want to give to,” said Simons last year to the Veterans Commission when the department donated $6,000 from last year’s event and other fundraisers. “If we didn’t have the veterans, if the veterans didn’t stick their neck out and defend the town and the United States, we wouldn’t be here being able to do this. This just allows us to give back to you.”
Classic cars - foreign and domestic, antiques, hot rods, muscle cars, custom cars and more - are expected to be in attendance, Simons said, with race cars also on display.
The first 200 cars to enter will receive a dashboard plaque, and a team of judges will give out around 20 trophies to the best looking and put-together cars, said Simons.
Also, two bigger best in show trophies will be given out.
There is no limit on the number of cars that can participate.
For spectators, admission is free, and hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and music will be available. Simons said.
Touch-a-Truck is also scheduled, with a tractor, a construction truck, a fire engine and other trucks available for climbing by children.
The Berlin Police Department’s dog, Casner, named after the only Berlin officer to have died in the line of duty, will also be present.
For more information, contact the fire department at 860-250-0309 or CT Street Legends at 860-383-6131.
Visit connecticutstreetlegends.org or facebook.com/connecticutstreetlegends.
The rain date is Sunday.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.