Fortieth annual car show in Boardman Park

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Spectors looked at cars that were on display at the 40th annual MVOCC "Cars in the Park" car show on Aug. 4 in Boardman.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.A variety of cars were put on display for the MVOCC's 40th annual car show in Boardman Park.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.The MVOCC hosted a bake sale during their annual car show on Aug. 5 at Boardman Park.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.A variety of cars were put on display for the MVOCC's 40th annual car show in Boardman Park.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Larry and Jan Green ran the T-shirt stand during the 40th annual MVOCC car show in Boardman Park.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Vendors lined the sidewalk, setting up a flea market, on Aug. 5 during the 40th MVOCC car show in Boardman Park.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Car owners and spectors discussed the cars on display on Aug. 5 at the Boardman Park.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Dale Gaus stood in front of his stand at the 40th annual MVOCC car show on Aug. 5 at Boardman Park.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Alex and Anthony Micco helped gather donations for Nora Sabella during the 40th annual MVOCC car show.

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Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Two cars were on display in spot four for the MVOCC's 40th annual car show in Boardman Park.

By JESSICA HARKER

jharker@vindy.com

On Aug. 5 the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club had its annual car show in Boardman Park.

This year was the 40th anniversary show, called “Cars in the Park,” and wtook place in front of the Maag Theatre.

The event showcased antique, classic and special interest cars.

During the show the MVOCC sold T-shirts and concessions to benefit the group.

All those who preregistered for the event received a free T-shirt.

A portion of all of the money made by the club was donated to this years beneficiary, Nora Sabella a 4-year old girl from Poland with Neuroblastoma cancer.

According to Robert Pennell, a 32-year member of the MVOCC, the money is funding a new treatment for Sabella.

“They are now in the process of doing a stem cell procedure,” Pennell said, “It’s very difficult for the parents because this is nasty. This is supposed to be the last leg of this whole process.”

During the event Pennell said volunteers organized by Sabella’s Aunt walked around with cans for donation money, all of which was given to the girl and her family.

“She has been in intensive care twice but shes spunky. They thought they got all of her cancer but the cancer is the type that hides on her cells. In order to be sure, they have to go through this procedure.” Pennell said.

He said that the family hopes that after this portion is done Sabella will be officially in remission. Money from MVOCC is going to help pay for this procedure, as well as other financial aspects of Sabella’s treatment.

During the show non-food vendors were also set up along the sidewalk for a flee market.

Local artist Dale Gaus of DSG Fab Designs was present at the event, selling decorative metal works he created.

“It’s a nice place to be, a lot of people around during the day. It’s a good event,” Gaus said.

The show also had live music by DJ Thomas John, a Chinese Auction and a 50/50 raffle.

For children, the show offered a childrens corner play area and face painting.

The MVOCC also gave away 48 individual awards to entrants in the show. These awards included the participant’s choice award, presidents choice award and best in show.

Pennell said the show has been taking place in Boardman Park for about 10 years.

Before that, the MVOCC put on the show in the old Austintown High School parking lot on Mahoning Avenue.

To learn more information about the MVOCC, visit www.mvocc.com.

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