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Slammin & Jammin returns this weekend

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By KALYN SHELLYThe Wilson PostThe 17th Annual Slammin’ & Jammin’ Auto Show returns to Lebanon this weekend featuring various car competitions and entertainment held at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center.The event runs from Friday through Sunday, May 28-30.Charlie Cobble, president of Auto Shows Motor Sports Events, said the events for this year will be the same as in years past. He said they will be hosting the bikini contest, lowest of the low contest and many of the other “popular” events. He added that they are expecting 1,400-1,600 participants and the regular crowd of around 7,000-8,000 guests.As for how he believes the current state of the economy may affect the car show and competitions, Cobble said, “All of our other shows have actually been up this year which is good. As far as the participants go, I think gas prices could go up to $4 a gallon and they would still come out.”He said they decided not to have any children-specific events this year because in the past years they have not had much participation. He said the children “seem to want to come with their parents to see the show.” However, he said they do have several vendors that bring items for the children.Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under.Although Slammin’ & Jammin’ gets under way Friday evening, the same night as graduation for Lebanon High School seniors, those in attendance have had no problems entering or leaving the campus as a result of increased traffic due to the car show.Lebanon Police in the past have urged locals to avoid the South Cumberland/Highway 231 South area as traffic often becomes congested. Most traffic problems have been blamed on locals who sometimes see the event as a way to act up.Staff Writer Kalyn Shelly may be contacted at kalyn@wilsonpost.com.
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