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The Telegram
  • 25th Annual Cedarville Car Show gets motors running

  • Fred Antonucci can remember his first car, a black Ford Model-T.

    “They were all black then,” said the 90-year-old Dolgeville resident, smiling.

    Antonucci began collecting cars — and, of course, showing them off — as a nostalgic hobby after he retired in 1985.

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  • Fred Antonucci can remember his first car, a black Ford Model-T.
    “They were all black then,” said the 90-year-old Dolgeville resident, smiling.
    Antonucci began collecting cars — and, of course, showing them off — as a nostalgic hobby after he retired in 1985.
    Sunday at the 25th annual Cedarville Volunteer Fire Department Car Show, Antonucci entered his lilac-colored 1961 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88.
    “I come every year,” he said. “I go whether it rains or the sun shines.”
    Unfortunately, for the fundraiser, it was the former.
    But that didn’t keep nearly 50 vehicles from entering and the department from selling out of the about 200 barbecue chicken dinners.
    “Considering, we got some nice cars,” said Michael Brown, volunteer firefighter and event chairman.
    Brown's mother and father started the show 25 years ago as a way to raise money for the department and give back to the community.
    “It started with nine or 10 cars,” Brown said. “It just kind of evolved from there.”
    Any extra funds raised will go to bettering the park behind the fire department on state Route 51, which is open to the public.
    “Just like every rural community, there's not a lot for the community. A lot of people look to the volunteer fire companies,” Brown said. “And it’s a lot of fun.”
    Amateur judges selected first, second and third place winners for each classification category. There were also top winners, including the People’s Choice and Best Under the Hood.
    Entries ranged from classic cars to hotrods, trucks to tractors.
    Antonucci won first place in the 1960-1969 Production Class.
    “He’s proud, but he's humble,” said his daughter, Bonnie Monk, 62, of Dolgeville. “They’re all beautiful cars.”
    Shawn St. Onge, 35, of Cedarville, made it a family event, bringing his children.
    “They love it,” he said, especially his sons. “They like to get out of the house.”
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