Car show to add craft fair this year

Car show to add craft fair this year
The poster for the Autumn Leaves Car Show and Craft Fair on Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 34th annual Granville Autumn Leaves Car Show is making its way back to the Granville Little League Complex on Glen Street on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a new addition to the festivities.

Sponsored by the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce, the car show is a family friendly event that will, for the first time, host close to 50 craft vendors along with an anticipated number of more than 200 cars and hundreds of spectators.

The car show was canceled last year due to COVID-19, but around 50 historic and flashy cars, trucks and motorcycles participated in a “Car Cruise” through the Village of Granville, Wells, Vermont and to Lake St. Catherine.

“They (Granville residents) like to see the cars come in,” said corresponding secretary Denise Davies. “We have some regulars that have come for years and years and years.”

The Chamber of Commerce felt a groundswell of support, interest and appreciation after the flea market sale in July. Teresa Loomis is heading the initiative and is trying to nail down 56 total vendors that can set up booths.

“At least 90% of them are going to be handmade crafts,” Loomis said. “I approached Denise Davies and said, ‘hey, wouldn’t it be cool to have a craft fair at the car show?’”

Loomis added she is receiving three or four phone calls every day from intrigued vendors, selling homemade crafts such as soy candles, custom embroidery, handmade greeting cards, resin figurines and slate and wooden charcuterie boards.

“There’s a vast array of different vendors that are going to be here,” Davies said.

Loomis herself will be selling double crusted pies, tote bags, face masks and “a little bit of everything.”

The entered participants for the car show will vote for 15 major sponsor awards and 13 special awards along with the top 30 vehicles winning awards. For example, some categories include the most chrome, the “sweetest” ride, most horsepower and the furthest distance travelled to name a few.

“Most of the car shows around here no longer classify,” Davies said.

Along with the car show and craft fair, “One Smooth DJ” will be on site playing music and plenty of food will be offered for purchase by the Granville Rotary Club with Judge Roger Forando’s famous meat sauce, Cider Valley Donuts’ cider donuts and kettle corn and Tommy Festa’s Clever Cleaver food truck.

Registration will take place the day of the car show from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a fee of $20. Entrants will receive a 2021 commemorative T-shirt, a dash plaque, two entries and two door prize raffle tickets.

Admission for attendees will be $3 for adults 15 and older, all others are free.

For more information, call 518-642-2815 or visit the Granville Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.