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Cars shine at Jubilee

June 15, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The 11th Annual June Jubilee kicked off the summer at War Memorial Park Sunday, with face-painting, pony rides, crafts and a glimmering show of cars.

Antiques, street rods, stock cars and trucks gleamed in the sun while proud owners showed off the result of years of customizing and pampering. Owners of 149 vehicles - from a 1930 Ford Coupe to a Volkswagen Beetle refurbished to look like a cow - paid the $12 to compete in one of eight categories for best of their class.

Ted Morgan, founder and chairman of June Jubilee, said participation in the car show increased 30 percent over last year. Attendance for all the festivities was estimated at 7,000 to 8,000.

The main reason June Jubilee began in 1988 was to encourage people to use War Memorial Park. The second priority was to focus on family fun.

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"The last thing on our list is to raise money, but that's not why we have it," Morgan said.

But by getting residents to the park, they can see what needs to be done and where money can be used, Morgan said. After one festival, a woman saw the stage was open-air. She donated a substantial amount of money so it could be covered, Morgan said.

About $6,000 was raised Sunday, which could be used toward the $1 million cover for the War Memorial Aquatic Center.

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