Car Show FOFMore than 200 hot rods, antique and classic cars, trucks and corvettes rolled into Fair Oaks Farms in Newton County for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority's inaugural South Shore Regional Car Show on Thursday, July 10. The event, which was sponsored by Schepel Buick GMC Cadillac, attracted cars from Hammond, Ind., to Martinsville, Ind., and from Illinois to Michigan.

"In addition to the many individual car enthusiasts, car clubs throughout the region were represented at the show," said Speros A. Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore CVA. "We especially want to recognize Crown Point Corvette Club, Valpo Vette Club and Crown Point Car Cruise participants for supporting the event." Crown Point Car Cruise, held weekly on Thursday nights around the square, caravanned participants from Crown Point to Fair Oaks Farms for the one-day show.

According to Batistatos, the South Shore Regional Car Show offered much for attendees to enjoy, and Fair Oaks Farms offered discounted tickets for the Dairy and Pig adventures.

"While admiring the many beautiful cars, attendees were able to meet Indianapolis Colts cheerleaders, explore the Colts in Motion traveling museum, eat delicious food, watch fireworks and more," said Batistatos. Batistatos explained that raffle prizes were awarded throughout the event, and the tickets were given to those who donated money or canned goods to benefit the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.

"We wanted to use the car show as an opportunity to give back," explained Batistatos. "There was no admission fee for spectators, but attendees were encouraged to donate money or canned goods for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. The amount of tickets depended on how much was donated."

Adding to the inaugural event, Janine Stange, also known as National Anthem Girl, performed "The Star-Spangled Banner," crossing off Indiana as her 40th state in her mission to sing the national anthem in all 50 states by the song's 200th anniversary on Sept. 14, 2014.

"After seeing Janine's performance on Fox and Friends, we knew that we wanted her at the car show," stated Batistatos. "We wanted to help Janine achieve her goal." Stange also set up a table to offer attendees the opportunity to fill out blank thank you cards to express gratitude for our military to be included in care packages assembled by Operation Gratitude.

"All in all, the event was a success. Both spectators and participants were able to enjoy beautiful weather, beautiful cars, fun activities and great food," said Batistatos.

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More than 200 cars rolled into Fair Oaks Farms for the South Shore Regional Car Show on Thursday, July 10, 2014.