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Weather and turnout perfect for car show

Polo’s downtown was lined with shiny, vintage vehicles Saturday for the 29th annual Chamber of Commerce Car Show.

All up and down two and a half blocks of Mason Street, cars and trucks were parked with their hoods up while visitors of all ages walked around admiring them.

Dennis Gaylord, of Oregon, brought his deep red 1967 Chevy Biscayne to the show.

“I bought it new when I was 17,” he said. “It was my first new car.”

It was Gaylord’s first time at the Polo Car Show and he was appreciative.

“It’s a nice little show. I like it,” he said.

Down the block, Cru Scribner, of Milledgeville, was looking the entries over with a somewhat critical eye.

A show judge for the second time, he lay down on the street and looked underneath a 1931 Chevy Coupe and then wrote on his check-off sheet.

“I got talked into this by Tammy [Merdian] at Scholl Insurance,” he said with a grin.

He owns a 1979 Chevy Camaro Z28.

At the show for the second time, Dave Viel, of Ridott, was shining up his yellow 1934 Ford Coupe parked in the middle of one block.

Cars weren’t the show’s only attraction, those attending could win door prizes, enter a 50-50 raffle, engage in a swap meet, browse tables at the craft and vendor show at Louise Quick Park, or play some car-themed trivia in the center, all while listening to oldies provided by 3D Sound Company, Dixon.

Car show chairman Tammy Merdian was pleased with the event.

“It ran perfectly,” she said. “We had an excellent turnout and excellent weather.”

Approximately 250 people came to see the 107 vehicles entered in the show, all of which brought extra customers to local restaurants and other businesses.

“Our businesses and vendors did well. We like to see that,” Merdian said.

Planning is already underway for next year’s show.

“We’re hoping to make it bigger and better next year since it’s our 30th year,” she said.