Clifton Park Elks to host annual car show

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The Clifton Park Elks will hold its annual car show next week.

The show is scheduled for Aug. 18 at 695 MacElroy Road in Ballston Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is Aug. 19 at the same location.

Each year, the Elks holds the show, which also acts as a fundraiser. This will be the twelfth year of the car show.

The show provides funding to many of the Elk’s significant charitable efforts, including the Elks National Foundation

It also provides funding to the New York state Elks Association Major Project, which is providing support to the Home Service Program of the NYS Cerebral Palsy Associations.

The program concentrates on individuals with cerebral palsy. It is a collection of 24 home service directors, as well as vans that the directors use to provide individualized services to adults and children with disabilities and their families in their home communities.

Since inception, the program has grown to encompass every county of New York state.

The staff provide referrals for appropriate evaluation and program services, advocacy, counseling, follow-up and program development.

There are 17 Elks districts throughout the state. Each Lodge has its own way of raising funds for its donation to the major project program.

The show regularly features at least 200 cars with over 64 awards presented to participants from various show sponsors.

Last year was a record turn out for the show, Dan Mathias, exalted ruler of the Elks, said.

This year, the awards include a family membership of the Saratoga Car Museum.

There will also be music and a 50/50 raffle.

There is a $10 entry for those who wish to participate. Spectators are admitted for free.

As one of the year’s major events for the Elks, planning is a long process, and begins as early as February.

The planning process includes work such as securing sponsors and getting word out about the show.

“It’s a lot of moving parts,” Mathias said.

Over the years, a few aspects of the show have changed as the organization developes.

One of the things that has changed over time is the date during which the show is held.

“We just critique things as we go along,” Dick Campion  car show co-chair said.

Boy Scout Troop 246 also assists the Elks with the show.

The car show, organizers said, continues to grow each year because it’s an accessible show for all people, and welcoming.

Vehicles from many decades will  be on display at the show.

The show will also feature a New York state police sponsored “rollover simulator.”