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Fall Cruisers car show in downtown Berlin, Saturday

(Oct. 10, 2014) Berlin’s final car show of the year will take place Saturday, when hundreds of classic cars motor into town and take up position in the downtown area.

Registration for Berlin Fall Cruisers will begin at 8 a.m., with the main event kicking off at 10 a.m.

Organizer Tanya Giles said the fall auto show is different from the spring show in name only for the most part.

“They are different only because they both are in conjunction with Special Event Pro events,” she said. “Cruising OC is their spring event and Endless Summer is their fall event. We piggyback from that.”

Giles expects more than 200 hot rods, muscle cars, classics and more to flood the streets of downtown Berlin.

“We’re also trying to get more trucks in this year,” she said. “People seem to like those.”

Cars generally begin parking at around 7 a.m. All cars must be parked by 10 a.m., with the award ceremony beginning at 2 p.m.

Registration is $10 and is open until 11 a.m., although Giles said all of the slots are usually filed an hour earlier.

“People definitely need to come early,” she said.

Six different categories of cars will be judged, including People’s Choice and Best in Show. Winners receive trophies.

Giles said the show is known for bringing a crowd to Berlin.

“We usually have a couple thousand people come throughout the day,” she said. “It’s a free-flowing day, meaning people can come and go. Most of the restaurants are open for breakfast and lunch, the stores will be open all day, and then, after 2 o’clock, the cars are gone and all the stores should remain open for the rest of the day. It’s a very casual, relaxed, walk around the cars. You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to enjoy it, but if you are, you should definitely come.”

Fall Cruisers is also billed as a more intimate option than the larger Ocean City-based shows.

“It’s a smaller show, so you can talk to car owners and mingle,” said Giles. “It’s just one other event that is different and unique to Berlin. The town is able to have an event like this that does have that enclosed, comfortable feeling where you can walk around with your kids and your family and see cars and talk to people. Whether you’re new to cars or you’ve been a car buff for years it’s really a nice event.”

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