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Ocala, Florida car show helps local charities; will be held Feb. 26

The annual tax collector's car show will have its 12th edition later this month.  This photo is from the 2014 show.
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Marion County Tax Collector George Albright feels local car enthusiasts are weary of cancellations and eager to go to a car show.

“People are ready to get outside and enjoy looking at some cars and having a fun family day,” he said.

Early registrations are brisk for the 12th annual Marion County Tax Collector’s Charity Car Show, which will be held on Feb. 26, Albright said in a phone interview.

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The event will offer a wide variety of collectible vehicles, and members of several area Antique Automobile Club of America chapters are expected to display cars in the show, Albright stated.

“We’ve already had about 35 (advance) entries, which is ahead of any prior year,” Albright said.

The annual tax collector's car show will have its 12th edition later this month.  This photo is from the 2014 show.

Prior years have seen upwards of 160 vehicles on display.

Entrants can sign up through Feb. 15 for $15 or enter the day of the show for $20.

Masks are optional at the event, Albright said.

Entrants expected in this year’s show include a rebuilt 1948 convertible Jeepster, award winning 1937 Packard sedan and a peddler’s truck like the one used by the character Mr. Haney on the TV show “Green Acres.”

Tax Collector George Albright, left, congratulates his cousin Lori Martin Gregory, center, at an election event on Sept. 21. His annual car show helps bring in thousands of dollars for local charities.

The annual event, which was canceled last year, will also offer food, crafts, antique car parts swap spaces, and fun for the whole family, all while supporting a host of local charities.

A change this year: Sellers of general antiques like glass and furniture are welcome but azaleas will not be sold due to a lack of available plants.

Vendors are required to bring their own tables.

Car lovers already are planning which vehicles to show

Ocala attorney Frank Amatea plans to enter his fully restored 1948 Willys-Overland Jeepster convertible.

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