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Mark Your Calendars: Wheels on Academy in Cary next weekend

Posted May 14

The South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo's fire truck parade rolled down Fayetteville Street on Saturday.

For the parents of kids who love all things related to cars and vehicles, mark your calendars for this event in Cary ...

Wheels on Academy returns next weekend to South Academy Street in downtown Cary for the sixth year. It's 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 20, and will feature a variety of "cars of yesteryear," along with a Touch-A-Truck area with more than 10 different vehicles, a Take-A-Part Model T demonstration, concessions and live music in Cary's new Downtown Park.

Here's what's happening specifically for kids and families ...

  • The annual Hagerty Youth Judging Program returns. Kids ages 15 and under will get a chance to judge six pre-selected cars and determine which one will receive this year's Youth Judge Award, according to a press release. All participants will receive a T-shirt, hat and name tag. Spots to serve as a youth judge are limited. Pre-registration is required.
  • For the first time, the event also will include a LEGO activity space. In the Play-Well TEKnologies Gravity Car Challenge, tens of thousands of LEGO parts will be available for kids to design and create their own vehicle with the help of an instructor. Then, they can race their creations down a ramp. The children’s crafts area also will allow kids to make wooden cars and race them and test their memory with a life-size car memory game.
  • The Touch-A-Truck area will have games, crafts, and live entertainment. There will also be a “No Horn Hour” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for guests with sensitive hearing.

Designed for all ages, the “Take-A-Part” Model T Demonstration will be located at Park Street with two shows at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Antique Automobile Club of America’s Triangle chapter will assemble their Model T, hand crank the car and drive it a short distance.

Admission is free (though there are fees for those who want to show off their car). Cary's website has more information and details about signing up to be a youth judge.

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