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The Olympic Car Show 2015 is seen at the Olympic Speedskating Oval. (Enterprise Photo – Matthew Turner)

LAKE PLACID – The Olympic car show will return on Sunday, September 5, after taking a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will see some notable changes.

First, since the show’s home – the Olympic Speedskating Oval – is unavailable due to renovations, the event will be held at the North Elba Showgrounds as part of the I Love BBQ and Music Festival. Second, there will be no parades and no prizes around the Oval up and down Main Street.

According to Carol Hoffman, president of the Lake Placid Ski Club, this year’s event will be more of a cruise-in than a car show. The ski club has been organizing Olympic car shows since the early 1980s with the Adirondack Classic Chevy Club, headed by Hoffman’s husband, Doug, a local accountant.

There will be no pre-registration this year; Classic vehicle owners register at the gate, which opens at 11 am. There will be a special parking section for classic cars. The cruise-in fee is $20 per vehicle, and includes two passes to I Love BBQ and Music Festival.

On Saturday, September 4, from 5 to 8 p.m. classic car owners will gather at the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department, 456 Old Military Road. There is no charge for the gathering, and food will be available for purchase as a fundraiser for the fire department.

All proceeds from the Sunday cruise-in will benefit Lake Placid Ski Club’s youth programs. There are programs of alpine racing and recreational skiing and snowboarding, biathlon, cross-country racing and recreational skiing, freestyle, ski jumping and Nordic combined. It is a non-profit organization funded by membership, fundraising and donations from the City of North Elba.

“We in Whiteface operate a recreational ski and snowboard program that takes place two days a week after school,” Hoffman said. “I learned to ski in that program, like 63 years ago, probably.”

The ski club also helps reimburse members for ski race entry fees.

“We help Colin (Delaney) program the jump by helping him get the equipment,” Hoffman said.

Lake Placid Ski Club is celebrating its centenary this year. The annual sign up and ski sale will be held at the North Elba Showground on Saturday, October 17th from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The I Love BBQ & Music Festival, a fundraiser for the Shipman Youth Center, continues today and Sunday.

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