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CARS ARE THE STARS

Seven national-award-winning antique automobiles, including a 1949 Chrysler "Woody" convertible and a 1955 Kaiser Manhattan, will be among the 90 to 100 vintage vehicles to be featured at the 19th annual Antique Car Show around Orange Lake in downtown New Port Richey on Saturday and Sunday.

"We have cars from all over Florida, and then some," said Howard Watkins, chairman of the show and president of the Richey Region Antique Automobile Club of America, co-sponsor of the show with the New Port Richey Community Cooperative.

More than 60 plaques will be awarded at 3 p.m. Saturday to the cars that have been best preserved or restored to their original condition. The awards are based upon a point system by the Antique Automobile Club of America. The local club also is recognizing replicas of antiques and modified vehicles.

The cars are just one part of the show. There will also be an Americana arts and crafts show, a flea market and several food vendors.

Among the 31 booths will be handmade Santa Claus dolls by Dell Stephens, stained glass by Joan Beach, computerized greeting cards by Jessie McWhirter and items from Rhino Cat Pottery in Hudson.

The flea market will have odds and ends, said Marilyn deChant of the Community Cooperative. "There will be things like 1963 hub caps, estate jewelry and other items," she said. "Last year, I found a cooking tool with an antler handle. It's really something."

This year, the flea market will incorporate the traditional "car corral" for car sales, Watkins said.

Sunday's big event is a Vintage Clothing Fashion Show at 1 p.m. More than 20 people will model clothing designs from 1902 to the 1960s, the same eras as the cars in the show, said Virginia Regal, chairwoman. Last-minute entrants should bring a written description of their garment, she said.

Antique auto owners can enter the show until 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Watkins said. Entry is $15. All cars must be insured and have a fire extinguisher on board.

Food vendors will sell mini-doughnuts, soft ice cream, sausages, funnel cakes, cotton candy and other festival foods, Ms. deChant said.

Hours for the show are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. There is no admission charge.

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