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Auto museum holds car show and swap meet

Auto museum holds car show and swap meet

October 30th, 2016 by Ashley Gardner in Texarkana News

Lora Walton, right, dances with Joey Dollarhide, center, and Robert Marrale during the Four States Auto Museum Fall Fun Car Show & Swap Meet Saturday.

Photo by Jerry Habraken /Texarkana Gazette.

The Four States Auto Museum's annual Fall Fun Car Show & Swap Meet was a huge success.

The mixture of sunshine, a variety of interesting cars, entertainment and food drew quite a crowd Saturday afternoon to downtown Texarkana.

"We had a goal of about $2,500 before expenses and we've surpassed that. I'm not sure by how far, but this is the best event we've had," said Mark Freeman, president of the Four States Auto Museum. "I think it's because of the beautiful weather and we got the word out pretty good. Also this is the best help I've had. The volunteers really stepped up."

The band Locomotion provided entertainment as people strolled the parking lot looking at a variety of cars and trucks, some old and rusty while others shone in pristine condition.

The proceeds from the event benefit the auto museum.

"If our fundraisers are successful, we can pay the bills for a year," Freeman said.

The group also has a spring car show.

The Four States Auto Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

There are usually about 15 cars on display in the museum, as well as a few motorcycles and other car-related merchandise.

"We're trying to enlighten and educate young people and also hang out and relate to an older crowd," Freeman said. "The fellowship is interesting."

Cars in the museum represent different aspects of American history. For instance, there is a Civil War-era, a horse-drawn hearse on display, and a Studebaker that was used in drag racing, but not all the showcase vehicles are old.

"We've had a 2015 Corvette on display in here because it was so neat," Freeman said. "We try to rotate these every three to six months depending on what's available and who's loaning it."

In addition to its regular operating hours, the Auto Museum is available for parties, weddings and educational event and school tours. For more information, call 870-772-2886.

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