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Legion to crank up Labor Day

CONYERS -- Organizers promise a day of fun for the entire family and urge the community to make plans to celebrate Labor Day with American Legion Post 77 during its first combined car show and family festival.

Festivities will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at the American Legion post home, located at 674 Legion Road. Participants in the car show will stage their hot rods on the outfield lawn of the baseball diamond.

The local post of the military veterans organization is teaming up with Corvette Cruisers of Atlanta to present the show.

There will be 150 to 200 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display, said Corvette Cruisers of Atlanta activities manager Rod Witmer.

"It's going to be kind of unique. We're going to be on the baseball field behind the Legion," Witmer said.

The show is open to any make or model. Participants will be competing for a chance to win 29 different trophies -- 25 for the top vehicles, one for best car, one for best truck, one for best motorcycle and the American Legion's "Best in Show."

"We have some really, really nice, tall trophies," Witmer said.

For anyone who wants to participate in the show, registration will run from 10 a.m. to noon and there will be a $25 registration fee.

Proceeds from the car show will go toward three local charities, Witmer added.

"This is going to be a fun day," Witmer said. "It's great for the whole family, just to look at all the hot rods and classic cars. There will be a lot to do for everybody."

Besides perusing the lines of vintage vehicles, the public will be able to participate in the activities at the American Legion for the family fun day festival.

Post Adjutant Zeste Debro said there will be music, entertainment, children's activities, a dunking booth and more.

"Last year the big draw was the vendor booths," Debro said.

Debro said different vendors come from all over the area and include jewelry and children's clothes and even a homebuyer's seminar.

A blood drive will also be going on throughout the entire event. Debro encouraged the community to join in on the day's activities.

"They can actually see what the Post really does," Debro said. "The blood drive is one of the big things we have going on this year and it's actually the kickoff to our membership drive."

Debro said the Legion will be accepting members into "the whole Legion family," including the Ladies Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion.

For more information about the car show, call Witmer at 404-421-4429.