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Annual auto show expected to rev up $7M for York County economy

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An event that the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates will drive in more than $7 million of financial benefits into York County's economy heads back to town this weekend.

The 45th annual Street Rod Nationals East will pack the York Expo Center with around 3,000 muscle cars, street rods and trucks worth more than $840 million from all over the east coast on June 1 through June 3. The show runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. All vehicles participating in the annual event, which is produced by the National Street Rod Association, are at least 30 years old.

This is the 38th time that York County has hosted the event.

Laura Gurreri, acting president of the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the values of street rod vehicles range from $8,000 to $100,000.

York Mayor Michael Helfrich will lead the annual street rod parade through York beginning at noon Friday. It starts at the Market Street gates at the York Expo Center and follows Market Street east through downtown York, ending at Broad Street.

Louise Heine, destination marketing director for the convention and visitors bureau, anticipates that as a result of the three-day event, more than 11,000 people will come into York City, dine at the local restaurants and stay at local hotels.

A trade show will also be featured over the weekend with more than 100 manufacturers and dealers of specialty equipment, special automotive seminars, a vintage car parts “swap meet,” and a model car contest that’s open to the public. The event will also feature arts and crafts from local artists and craftspeople.

All activities are open to the public. Admission is $17 for adults and $6 for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old. Children 5 and younger are free. Tickets are available only at the York Expo Center.

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Emily Thurlow

Emily Thurlow

​Emily Thurlow covers York County​ for the Central Penn Business Journal. Have a tip? Drop her a line at ethurlow@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter @localloislane.

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