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Tickets are now on sale for Cars and Country Stars, with plenty of entertainment lined up for the charity car show throughout July 21 and 22 in Irricana. 

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The event is returning for its third annual installation, this time becoming a two-day event, raising funds for the Irricana and District Agricultural Society and Community Links. 

Matthew Fasoli, organizer of Cars and Country Stars, said the event is taking some new approaches this year, with a lot more in store for families. 

“One of the big pieces of feedback that we got from people who have attended is that they wanted to bring their families,” said Fasoli. 

“We’re also going to have some kids activities, face painting, and a magician that’s going to come out and do some magic acts,” he said. 

There’s plenty of camping opportunities to make the event a weekend getaway as well. 

Friday, July 21 will feature multiple performances by country acts including Airdrie-local Julian Austin, as well as Shannon Smith and Connor James. 

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The car show itself will start at noon the next day, but there will still be other musical acts performing throughout the day. 

Saturday will be taking on a cover band theme, with groups such as Eagles cover band The Long Run, Creedence Clearwaer Reprisal, Double Suede and Krank’d playing. 

Saturday morning is featuring a pancake breakfast hosted by Trevor Panczak. 

Fasoli said with a lot more going on this year and a lot of space, Cars and Country Stars is hoping to welcome as many people as possible to join them throughout the weekend. 

“We’ve almost doubled the amount of musical acts, and for the car show, we think we’ll see it swell up to about 110 or 120 cars this year,” said Fasoli. 

“The venue is on 12 acres, so we have lots of room for camping, the car show, and parking as well,” he said. 

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Beer gardens will be present, with multiple vendors and food trucks on location as well. 

Fasoli said there’s always been a well-rounded mix of interesting vendors, and folks can likely anticipate to find something that interests them. 

“Last year we had about 30 vendors. We saw everything from re-built instruments from custom rock shops and guys showing off their restoration abilities on classic cards,” said Fasoli. 

“Airdrie Accessories was a big one, and even had the local auto wrecker put up a tent and bring wrecked BMW’s that they let people smash with baseball bats,” he said. 

About 30 vehicles have already registered to be a part of the car show, but there is still plenty of availability for cars, vendors, and food trucks. 

A weekend pass costs $40, and they’re available for kids aged 6 to 15 for $20. Anybody younger than 6 can enter for free. 

More information for those hoping to register and ticket sales can be found at carsandcountrystars.ca.

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