Millersburg Glass group to host car show with a twist

Millersburg Glass group to host car show with a twist

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Hot wheels are uniting with local history organizations to create a fun night of fellowship.

The Millersburg Glass Association Car Show is scheduled for Saturday, July 30 at the Victorian House/Millersburg Glass Museum, 484 Wooster Road, Millersburg.

The show will take place from 5-8 p.m. with an entry fee of $10 per vehicle.

The show will include a raffle, food and music, and according to event organizer and MGA board member Matt Young, the show is open to anyone who has a passion for cars.

“We really don’t care how old their cars, trucks or motorcycles are. If they are proud of them and want to show them off and enjoy the company, they are welcome to participate,” Young said.

Young, who has put together these types of shows many times before, said there will be local car owners and car aficionados from several hours away. He said there is always something special about bringing in people who share a passion, and part of the joy of these car shows is not only looking at all the vehicles, but also sitting and chatting with people with a shared interest.

“Oftentimes at a lot of these shows, people meet old friends they see from show to show, and they make new acquaintances,” Young said. “Sometimes you continue to run into people and you identify them by their car and can’t even remember their names, but you remember their car, so that’s how you identify them.”

In addition to the car show, both the Victorian House and the Millersburg Glass Museum will present tours. The Victorian House tours will be a $5 fee while the Millersburg Glass Museum will be by donation. Chris Sieverdes, MGA board member and curator at the glass museum, will be the tour guide for each of the MGM tours, where he will take patrons through a closer look at some of the more unique pieces in the museum and answer questions.

Sieverdes’ knowledge on the history of the pieces makes for an entertaining tour.

“We’re all excited about the car show, but this is an opportunity for a new group of people to perhaps experience the neat history we have in our campus museums,” Sieverdes said. “There are a lot of people locally who haven’t been through, and many of the car owners coming to the show may have never experienced the museums, so our hope is that we can introduce some of the unique aspects of our local history to a new group of people.”

Young, who began collecting cars before glass, is now avid in both realms. He said bringing together these two seemingly unassociated groups is part of the fun and challenge of building the event.

“It’s two completely different groups of people with different passions, but hopefully, we can introduce the car fans to the joys of Millersburg Glass and to the history of Holmes County,” Young said.

Car show participants can register their cars beginning at 4 p.m., and the public is invited to come and check out all the vehicles and also take the tours. Young said they wanted to keep the entry fee inexpensive to encourage all types of auto owners to join.

He said he has been promoting the event on several car show Facebook sites and said he hopes to see a great turnout for the evening.

“Car owners and glass collectors share one thing in common,” Young said. “They are both very passionate about what they invest in, whether it is classic cars or rare carnival glass. Hopefully by the time people leave, they will be a bit of both.”

The MGA is currently seeking sponsorships for the event. Show sponsorship is $150, with other donations for trophies, dash plaques and individual sponsorships ranging from $25-$100. Young said if there are several businesses that want to band together for a show sponsorship, that is welcomed.

According to Young, who just sold a red 1955 Thunderbird convertible that had been restored to original specifications, this is the first venture into a fundraiser car show for the MGA, but if it goes well, they will certainly consider doing more shows in the future.

Anyone wishing to donate or become a sponsor for the event may do so by calling Young at 419-606-1826 or by mailing a check to Millersburg Glass Association, P.O. Box 406, Millersburg, OH 44654.