A dismal weather forecast for Saturday (June 2) has forced the cancellation of the Leesburg Classic Car Show.
According to a press release from town of Leesburg Public Information Officer Betsy Arnett, organizers hope to reschedule the event in the fall.
STORY PUBLISHED MAY 27: Through the Leesburg Classic Car Show, Monroe Technology Center students get the experience of assisting in the production of a large community event and also benefit from the proceeds of that event.
The 32nd annual car show is scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. on June 2 in downtown Leesburg. Hundreds of street rods, muscle cars and classics from 1993 and older will be on display. A $3 donation is requested to attend.
Vintage cars will be judged in 45 categories, including Best of Show and Spectators’ Choice, and winners will be presented trophies that were designed and built by students in MTC’s welding and auto collision classes.
Proceeds are used to provide equipment, materials, educational trips and scholarships at the school. Carolyn Harrigan, an organizer of the event and teacher assistant at Monroe, said the school’s involvement has been a win-win situation.
“Last year, Monroe Technology Center took over production of the event for the first time,” Harrigan said. “It was the largest, most successful yet.”
Kim Yeager, MTC’s admissions coordinator and chairwoman of the car show committee, said Monroe students bring a wide range of skill sets that benefit the car show.
“We couldn’t do it without our students because we have such a vast area that we cover with the classic car show,” Yeager said.
The unique trophies created by the students is a prime example.
“We use spare parts in our shop and repurpose them to make trophies that are awarded at the event,” MTC student Terrell Wilson said. “It was a fun, creative project — and also a bit challenging to find the right parts to make the vision come true.
“On the day of the event, we greet people and collect donations at the entrance.”
Monroe Technology Center is leaving its Leesburg campus and will merge with the Academy of Science and the Academy of Engineering and Technology in the fall, creating the Academies of Loudoun.
“We are still going to have all of the same programs that we currently have.” Yeager said. “We are just moving into a state-of-the-art, newer facility which has more room for us to accommodate more students.”
She also said that the car show will benefit all of the schools under the Academies of Loudoun a few years down the road.
“Thousands of people from all over the Mid-Atlantic area are expected to participate in the festivities,” Harrigan said. “Of course, we’d like to keep the momentum rolling.”
Streets in downtown Leesburg will close at 4 p.m. for car show staging. For more information, including how to register a vehicle, visit lcps.org/mtc, email ClassicCarShow@lcps.org, or call 571-252-2080.