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Autofest kicks off with downtown party

Autofest is revving up in downtown Oshawa with a kickoff party for the festival on August 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Simcoe Street and King Street will both be closed and lined with hundreds of classic cars while live entertainment from Eric Lambier, The Tone Dogs and The Johnny Max Band provides a soundtrack to the downtown time warp. The music doesn’t stop at 10 p.m. though, Murphy’s Pub is hosting the after party, with Derek Giberson and the Professors of Funk.

Autofest organizer Mike Kalynko says the number of cars varies depending on who shows up, but there are usually around 500.

While cars and bands may be the showcase, downtown businesses like Mad Café are extending their hours to cater to the Autofest crowd. The café will be open until the end of the event with a caricature artist on the street out front. The Patty Shack has an all-day Autofest special with a 4-ounce burger combo for $5.99.

Simcoe Street won’t be lacking in any sustenance either, with popcorn from the Great Canadian Popcorn company and a heartier choice of maple dijon peameal on a bun.

The festival continues throughout the weekend at Lakeview Park in Oshawa where the number of cars increases for a Show and Shine on August 26 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and August 27 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are a number of other events happening both days at Lakeview Park, click here for a complete schedule.

Story by Nathan Mackinnon

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