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Modestos American Graffiti Car Show & Festival June 9-11
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MODESTO —The North Modesto Kiwanis Club expects almost 1,300 classic vehicles – vintage 1979 and older – for its 19th annual American Graffiti Car Show and Festival June 9 -11 in Modesto. 
It is the largest of many local activities scheduled during Modesto’s Graffiti Month.
The weekend opens with a classic car parade on Friday, June 9, that loops through downtown and out McHenry Avenue. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.  McHenry Avenue and several downtown streets will be closed to traffic starting at 3 p.m.  Participation in the parade is only open to classic vehicles that have been registered for the Kiwanis car show. 
Grand marshal for the 2017 parade and festival will be John Sanders, a retired businessman and longtime North Modesto Kiwanis Club member. Sanders chaired the American Graffiti Car Show and Festival from its inception through last year.
The two-day show will be held June 10-11 at the Modesto Municipal Golf Course, 400 Tuolumne Boulevard.  As well as showcasing hundreds of classic vehicles, the show will feature a display of specialty vehicles and live music on the Firestone Walker 805 Stage. Among musicians scheduled to perform are the well-known tribute band Journey Revisited, Rock of Ages, Woman of Rock and ZZ Vaughn-Stevie Topp.  More than 100 vendors will offer a variety of food and beverages, crafts, car-related gear, games for children and more.  
Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins, who starred in the 1973 movie “American Graffiti,” will attend again this year, signing autographs in a booth at the show. Custom car creator Gene Winfield also will have a booth.
Trophies for car show winners will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 11.
The parade and car show are open to vehicles from model years 1979 or older. Registration is  $50. More information and registration forms are available at www.americangraffitifestival.com or by calling 1 (888) 746-9763.
Car owners also may register between 1 and 6:30 p.m. on June 9 at the Clarion Inn Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Road, and on Saturday and Sunday mornings at the show. For car owners who have registered in advance, packets may be picked up at the Clarion Inn. To enter the parade route, vehicle owners must display a sticker that is only available with their registration packet.
American Graffiti 2017 T-shirts will be available in the registration room at the Clarion Inn on June 9 and at the show both days.
The parade is free.  Spectator admission to the car show is $10 per person, with children 12 and under admitted free if accompanying an adult.  Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 11.  Free parking is available on the golf course.  Watch for signs at Tuolumne Boulevard and Roselawn Avenue.  Street parking is limited on the golf course perimeter, and the Modesto Nuts have home games that weekend.
All car show proceeds go to dozens of local youth programs that are supported by the 90-member North Modesto Kiwanis Club. Volunteers from other civic groups and nonprofits help as parade monitors and in various tasks at the festival.