Twin State Race Car Show returning to Shenango Valley Mall

Mar. 21—HERMITAGE — The annual Twin State Race Car Show will return to the Shenango Valley Mall this weekend, bringing something for racing fans of all ages.

The 52nd annual car show, sponsored by O'Reilly Auto Parts, will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Drivers will be present to sign autographs from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, with checkered flags available for children to collect the drivers' signatures, which has remained a popular event for families and children in particular, according to information from the club's board of directors.

A promoters night will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, featuring representatives from different race tracks with information on event schedules and special events, while the car show will also offer a basket raffle and 50/50 drawing.

A vintage Richard Petty NASCAR race car is expected to be present, as well as representation from the Soapbox Derby Western Ohio Chapter.

Attractions aimed at younger race fans include a Hot Wheels track, radio-controlled cars and a Cub Scout Derby, and the Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, the information states.

Previous years have seen more than 30 cars and drivers participate, with hundreds of visitors stopping by. Club officials are hoping to see a similar turnout this year, as well as introducing more younger fans to racing, the information states.

For more information on the car show or the Twin State Auto Racing Club, visit the club's Facebook page. The club will also have an information table in front of JCPenney during the car show.

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