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Entries from last fall's annual Celebration City AACA Car Show.
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This Saturday's Celebration City Region Antique Automobile Club of America Car Show will be a big event, to be sure, attracting exhibitors and spectators from throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond.

The show will feature 29 classes and seven special awards; it's free to spectators, and open to anyone who's got a vehicle they'd like to show off, even if it's not the ultimate show car.

But when it's over, Celebration City chapter members won't have much chance to relax -- they'll have to get back to work planning an even bigger car show due next year.

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AACA will hold its 2012 Grand National Show, as well as its Southeastern regional show, on the Celebration grounds in June 2012. Planning for the event has been underway since last August. The three-day event is expected to draw exhibitors from across the nation.

"After this show, we'll really get in gear," said Celebration City chapter president Jerry Clanton.

First, though, there's the annual show to worry about. It's normally held each fall, but Clanton said this year's show was moved to the spring so that it could come earlier in the show season, and avoid a crush of fall shows.

"We're hoping for a good turnout," he said.

He said the community has been supportive of the show; a new special award category, the past president's award, was added this year in part because of a surplus of sponsors wanting to support a trophy. "We've had a tremendous amount of support."

The local club has been working to get the message out that AACA shows, and membership, are open to everyone. Club members held an exhibit recently at Thomas Magnet School, reaching out to a future generation of car owners. He said, "we just want people to get involved."

Clanton said many people are under the mistaken impression that their classic car isn't good enough to be entered into a show. "We've got all types of classes. It doesn't have to be the ultimate show car."

Registration for the show opens at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Celebration pavilion. Judging will begin at noon, with awards to be announced at 3 p.m. Swap meet space is available.

The fee for exhibitors is $20 for the first vehicle, $15 for a second vehicle.

For more information, contact Clanton at 684-9379; Tony Compton, 294-5055; Jimmy Shreve, 695-5204; or Calvin Kincaid, 684-5662.