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More than 350 cars expected at Cruise-in for the Vets

This photo shows the 2016 Veterans Car Show at Yavapai College. This year, more than 350 vehicles are expected Saturday, April 20, at Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St. (Don Jones/Courtesy)

This photo shows the 2016 Veterans Car Show at Yavapai College. This year, more than 350 vehicles are expected Saturday, April 20, at Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St. (Don Jones/Courtesy)

Cruise over to the Yavapai College parking lot this weekend for the eighth annual Cruise-in for the Vets, a car show that organizer Don Jones says is looking incredible this year.

Not only are there more than 200 cars preregistered for the event, but there’s more than 200 items that people can win in a drawing as well as bid for in a silent auction, Jones said. There’s tons of artwork, items from the Suns, Cardinals and Diamondbacks as well as a poster with Richard Petty standing next to a 1957 Chevy with highlights from the United States in the background, he said.

“I know Don Petty, his cousin,” Jones said. “I made a call and I sent it back to North Carolina, so this is going to be a matted, framed, signed poster.”

Last year, he called it the biggest show in Prescott when it comes to cars and this year, he said he expects there to be more than 350 cars. Its held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St.

It’s already garnering a lot of donations as well, Jones said. Attending the show is free and all the donated money, along with what comes in from registrations, goes toward unfunded veterans programs. Jones, a Vietnam era veteran himself, said last year he remembers how the veterans were treated back then.

Registering for the show is $30 and registration forms can be found at www.cruise4vets.com or www.arizonacarshows.com.

Last year, Cruise in for the Vets brought in $20,000, he said. This year, Jones said he’d love to bring that amount to $22,000 to $23,000. Prescott being a veteran-friendly town helps quite a bit, he said. With all the cars and everything else going on, including the drawings, silent auction and Easter bunny, it’s going to be a great event for everyone.

“It’s a really good family event … We’d like to drag everybody from Prescott in there,” he said. “I think it’s just a good thing to see all these cars and see the (local veterans organizations) get some help.”

For more information, call 928-713-0978, email fobie@cableone.net or visit www.cruise4vets.com.

Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.

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