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Tom Bovee and his 1968 Corvette will be ready for the ninth-annual Champlain Valley Spring Nationals Car Show, to take place on May 26 and 27 at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Morrisonville

PLATTSBURGH -- Everywhere you look, there is a reminder that summer is fast approaching.

Knee-high boots are being exchanged for flip-flops, and coffee mugs are tossed away in favor of ice-cream cones. Yet nothing screams "summer" like the sight of a convertible cruising by with "Summer of '69" blaring from the speakers.

Americans love their summers, and Americans love their cars.

At this year's ninth-annual Champlain Valley Spring Nationals, the two will go hand-in-hand.

The show will be held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Morrisonville May 26 and 27.

Organized by the Champlain Valley Cruisers Car Club, the event is expected to attract more than 100 vehicles from all over Clinton County, Vermont, New Hampshire and Quebec.

"Each year, the show is getting bigger and better," said Tom Bovee, a member of the club for the past three years.

"With our 10th anniversary coming up next year, we hope to make this show the best yet."

Car enthusiasts looking to show off their machines can enter their car in the 31 categories to be judged over the weekend.

Hot rods, Mustangs, Corvettes, imports, muscle cars, trucks and motorcycles are just a few of the wheels participants and spectators can expect to drool over during the weekend.

On Saturday, May 26, Nifty-Fifty awards will be presented to the owners of the top 50 vehicles at the show, while on Sunday, May 27, trophies will be awarded to the top three vehicles in each class. In addition, two vehicle owners will be presented with special, four-foot Best in Show trophies.

Admission for spectators is free; car owners can pre-register their cars for $10 or the day of the show for $15.

The non-profit organization will give all its proceeds to DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and Hospice of the North Country.

Started nine years ago by Jerry Seymour, the show moved to the fairgrounds from Skyway Shopping Center once its popularity began to grow.

"The show just got too big for the Skyway," Bovee said. "This will be the sixth show at the fairgrounds, and it's a really good site. The people there are really helpful, and it's just a good site for the cars and the spectators."

Although many people may think a car show consists of simply polishing up the hoods and parking vehicles on the field, Bovee said a team of about 10 people has been working hard since October of last year to put on the event. From choosing trophies to making plaques to signing up more than 15 sponsors, organizing a car show is not as easy as it seems.

"It's a lot of work, and it costs us about $7,000 to run the show," Bovee said. "Without the sponsors, there wouldn't be a show."

The event attracts thousands of people, he said, adding that having a horse show taking place next to the car show helps attract a few extra eyes.

"A lot of people come to see the cars, and a lot come to see their friends who have cars in the show.

"It's a really exciting thing to be a part of."

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