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July 22, 2013

Auto Fair wraps up fun weekend

The celebration of coal, cars, friends and fun wrapped up Sunday at the 10th annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair.

Free admission and on-site parking were offered for the final day of the show, where visitors could attend a nondenominational church service, take a final look at the cars and see which ones scored the prizes.

Jay Matics, owner of Vigilante Customs in Lester, brought a whopping 42 cars and four bikes to the show, and walked away with 10 awards, including “Best Represented Car Club.”

He and his crew were packing up Sunday afternoon, but his jacked-up Ford F550 was still on site.  

“It’s been a fun weekend,” Matics said.  

Another couple of the last cars left on the lot belonged to Donald Lilly of Blue Jay.

He had a gray and black 1928 Ford Model A, as well as a black 1919 Ford Model T on display.

Lilly said he’s been coming to the Friends of Coal Auto Fair for the past six or seven years and loves to bring out his cars.

Although the older model Fords didn’t take home any prizes this year, Lilly was still proud of his rides.

“My Model A was even featured in the Beckley Area Derby Dames’ calendar,” Lilly said.

Burn N Kell and Bodacious Baxter posed in old-timey clothing for the month of March with Lilly’s Ford.

Kids were also enjoying the final hours of carnival rides, as Gambill Amusements were packing up Sunday evening.

Proceeds from the Friends of Coal Auto Fair support the maintenance of the YMCA Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex, along with youth programs conducted by the YMCA of Southern West Virginia.

YMCA Executive Director Jay Rist was unavailable for comment Sunday afternoon.

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