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Beloved Mason car show could come to an end

Posted at 5:12 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 05:12:30-04

MASON, Mich. — It's the 33rd anniversary of the County Seat Old Car Club Show, a beloved staple in Mason. But this year maybe it's last.

Arnold Short along with three others started the car show 33 years ago.

"One guy here in Mason talked to two other guys and said, why can't we start a car club, and then they got ahold of me and that made four," Short said.

The three other founding members passed away and Short is the only one left.

"I'm 87 years old now and I can't do much."

The club started out with many members and now they only have eight which, according to Short, isn't enough to help keep the show going. Plus, there's a lack of interest amongst remaining members.

"I've been here in Mason since 1955. Everybody in town knows me."

During the interview, Short was unable to hold back tears talking about his car show coming to an end.

"I've been in it so long. I would hate to see it not continue," he said.

Dan Martin and his daughter Emma have been to the car show several times.

"I really wouldn't want it to go away. I've grown up coming to car shows with my dad and I like to take her to them now and hope she does the same for years," Dan said.

"I'm kind of bummed because there are lots of cool cars here and since my aunt and uncle live around here I like to come here more often but I'm kind of sad," Emma said.

Short said the show is in his name at the courthouse so no one can start it without his permission.

When asked if someone could take over the event, he said that if they wanted to talk with him, they could. But he said it's still unlikely the show will go on.

It's also possible that another club could take over the show, but Short's not positive.

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