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Saturdays Cars 2 Dreams event will feature a parade
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The 7th annual Cars 2 Dreams car show will be held Saturday at Potter Community Park in Elgin. Admission is free to the public. Those wanting to enter the show must pay an entry fee of $10. There will be door prizes and gifts for show participants. Proceeds from the show will go towards the Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville.

This year, the Cars 2 Dream show will feature a parade. Jamil Shriners and local groups will participate in the parade.

"This will be the first time this parade has gone on. The parade will be at 11:15 a.m. and the car show participants have to be signed in by 11 a.m. We will start at Railroad Avenue towards Potters Community Park. We will end the parade at Potter Park. Our clown units and characters units will be coming out. We are looking forward to it, it will be something new," Shriner director of uniform units and parade director Michael Ray said.

Ray also said Jamil parade vehicles can be viewed during the parade and will be on display afterwards.

"We would love for people, after the parade, just come on down to the car show and look at the cars. This is a treat; we will actually put our shrine vehicles on display. A lot of the public see them in the parades, but you don’t get to look at them afterwards."

Ray says there will be some interesting vehicles in the parade.

"Everyone knows the Shriner’s little go-carts but we’ll have a limousine and our hillbilly unit will come out with their hillbilly truck and an antique fire truck. We are also getting Leaping Lena from Pageland."

Ray added there will be a 1942 Jeep from World War II and fire trucks from local fire stations along with other civilian entries.

"Lugoff-Elgin ROTC will present the colors, we have our own color guard as well. You will see a lot of civilian stuff go through then shrine vehicles."

After the parade, food will be sold at the car show.

"This is an alcohol-free event. Shriners will be out there selling hotdogs and hamburgers," Ray said.

Ray says money raised from the event will go towards a great cause.

"This money stays in South Carolina; it goes to the Shriner’s hospital of Greenville. We have 22 hospitals -- no child is turned away for the inability to pay. They have suites for the families of the children. Shriners will help to provide transportation for parents who need help getting there children there," Ray said.

For more information about the car show, contact David Aldrich at 803-425-9154 or Bob Shope at 803-420-0076. For more information about the parade, contact Michael Ray at 803-553-5343 or email