On July 10, 2024
Arts, Dining & Entertainment

R.A.V.E. (Rutland Area Vehicle Enthusiasts) To Host 44th Annual RAVE Car Show and Flea Market

 Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14 at 9 a.m. – RUTLAND – The Rutland Area Vehicle Enthusiasts (R.A.V.E.) is pleased to invite everyone to attend their 44th Annual RAVE Car Show and Flea Market on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 at the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland. 

There are many events planned for this year’s show, including cars for sale, an assortment of auto-related flea market vendors, retail vendors, and a large assortment of handcraft vendors. There will also be food vendors including newcomers CR Concessions and Millie’s Treats, as well as returning vendor CC’s Eats (yes, she serves breakfast). There will be music, door prizes, muffler rap, piston toss, lawn-sized Jenga, and of course, we always have hula hoops. An NSRA Safety Inspector may be there throughout the weekend to do a safety inspection of your vehicle.   

A 50/50 raffle will take place and will benefit the WSYB Christmas Fund. There will be one drawing on Sunday afternoon, with tickets being sold all weekend. If you aren’t going to be there for the drawing – fill out your name and phone # on the tickets and we will call you. Our small scale basket party will benefit Tatum’s Totes. Profits from last year’s show will be donated to several local charities.

Event shirts will be available; one of our designs is a look back to our show 25 shows ago – a favorite design by local artist Norma Montaigne. Norma passed away in 2020. She designed our shirts for many years and was a beloved member of our club and the Rutland area community. We think she would love that we are bringing back one of her designs.    

Once again, we will be giving away 5 additional “favorites” trophies on Saturday only. We recognize that not everyone can attend both days of a two-day show, so we wanted to give folks a chance to win on both days.

This year’s show will have more awards, including the “Favorite 35” awards format for the weekend. We will be presenting trophies to the “Favorite 35” vehicles in the show along with several specialty awards on Sunday at 3:00 p.m., with the winners driving their vehicles past the grandstand to receive their awards. This year we are going to try something new called no participant voting; so just sit back and enjoy your time with your friends, vote for your favorite host club car, and relax. 

This year we are featuring 4 x 4 vehicles, they have become extremely popular – and we have seen some amazing restorations and tricked out newer ones. Not only do you have a chance to win a regular award, but we are also going to choose our favorite 4 x 4 to receive a special award.   

Show hours are Saturday, July 13 (9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), and Sunday, July 14 (9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.). 

Spectator Admission is $5 donation, under 12 is free. Show car registration/admission begins at 7:00 a.m. each day and the fee is $20 for a car and 2 adults (good for all weekend). Pre-1948 completely STOCK vehicles are admitted free. Camping is available for a small charge. Free parking at the Dana Ave. gate.

For show information: 802-265-8026 or 802-855-4186 (call before 9 p.m.)or find us on Facebook.

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