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Christopher Dornblaser
  • Street Rod Nationals East starts Friday, with more than 3,000 cars on display
  • Tickets are $15 for adults, $6 for children, and free for children under 5

The 43rd Annual Street Rod Nationals East will kick off this week as cars from  across the country make their way to York and take over the fairgrounds.

More than 3,000 cars worth anywhere from $8,000 to $100,000 will be on display. Some of the cars will have so many modifications that they could be worth more than $100,000, according to Jerry Kennedy, special events director for the the National Street Rod Association.

The event:  The event runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday and  Saturday and 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday.

Anne Druck, president of the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the event is one of the biggest held in the county.

What's happening in York this weekend

"It has become quite a historic event, kind of a legacy event for York County," she said.

Kennedy said roughly 3,500 cars will be on display. A street rod is defined as any car built from 1948 on that has been modified.

Bill Orndoff, of Markleysburg, wipes down his 1930 Model A Ford after arriving for the National Street Rod Association's Street Rod Nationals East event at York Expo Center in York City, Thursday, June 2, 2016. The event runs from June 3-5. Dawn J. Sagert  photo

“Once you go out to the grounds, you’re going to find out how many of those cars are basically new,” Kennedy said. Although the cars have to be at least 30 years old, these cars have been modified and built by their owners.

“A lot of these cars are being premiered at this event,” he said.

National Street Rod Association members arrive for the Street Rod Nationals East event at York Expo Center in York City, Thursday, June 2, 2016. The event runs from June 3-5. Dawn J. Sagert  photo

He said most of the people showing their cars do it as a hobby and that they come from all walks of life. Only about one in 10 of the car owners works in the auto industry, he added.

Attractions: About 150 street rods will lead a parade through York at noon Friday, starting from the York Expo Center at the Market Street gates and continuing on Market Street through downtown York.

In addition to the cars, there will also be events such as the Pinstripe Jamboree, which is an auction to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a model car contest, live entertainment and $72,000 in prize giveaways.

Mario Fortin, of Laval, Canada, cleans the windshield of his 1941 Dodge Special Deluxe after arriving at Wyndham Garden Hotel in West Manchester Township, Thursday, June 2, 2016. Fortin regularly participates in the Street Rod Nationals East event which will be at York Expo Center this weekend, June 3-5. Dawn J. Sagert  photo

An awards ceremony on Sunday will recognize participants for various things, such as the  longest distance traveled to participate. At past events, “we've had long-distance winners from California, Arizona, Colorado," Kennedy said.

Tickets are $15 per adult, $6 per child, and free for children under 5 accompanied by an adult. Tickets will only be available at the fairgrounds at the time of the event.

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