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Hot rods heading to high ground

Thacher Park to host fourth annual ‘Wheels in the Woods’ car show

To view some of the best man-made rides you’ll have to trek into nature. Cars at “Wheels in the Woods” at Thacher State Park on Saturday, July 27, will once again have hoods propped up and a glossy finish.

To view some of the best man-made rides you’ll have to trek into nature. Cars at “Wheels in the Woods” at Thacher State Park on Saturday, July 27, will once again have hoods propped up and a glossy finish. Submitted photo

— Mother nature will have something to compete with in the splendor department for one afternoon.

John Boyd Thacher State Park in New Scotland is revving up for its fourth annual “Wheels in the Woods” car show on Saturday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pear Orchard Picnic Area. Classic rides, specialty cars and tuners will be (hopefully) glimmering under the sunlight. Thompson’s Lake Reformed Church will offer food and refreshments during the event, with a DJ playing some classic tunes.

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Car enthusiasts will gather again at Thacher Park for the fourth annual “Wheels in the Woods” car show on Saturday, July 27.

“When you have the nice weather and all the cars out, everybody is in a good mood and I love seeing people up here and enjoying themselves at the park,” Park Manager Chris Fallon said.

The idea for the car show formed during a brainstorming session of events the park could host, Fallon said.

“We were just kind of looking for something different that might attract some people up to the park,” he said. “The idea of the car show came up and we all thought it sounded like a good idea.”

To help promote and spread the word, the park tapped Jason Rittner, a local car enthusiast who regularly attends car shows.

“I had been involved in a couple other ones before, so I figured I could help out,” Rittner said. “They need publicity and they need ads and it is hard for us to do from a park level and my level.”

Rittner said he enjoys hosting the event, but is also happy to help the park.

“It just brings awareness that there is more going on at the park than just having a picnic and leaving,” he said.

Rittner said he started down the path of becoming a car enthusiast after purchasing his first car, a $70 Dodge Aspen. The starter blew on the car and he stopped at a garage near his school to get it fixed.

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