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Fallbrook Vintage Car Show fast approaching

FALLBROOK – The 56th annual version of the Fallbrook Vintage Car Show and Swap Meet will be held Sunday, May 28, again at Bates Nut Farm, 15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center. Last year's turnout was tremendous, with over 400 show cars and 40 plus vendors.

Go to to register a car or to obtain a swap meet booth space. It's that simple. Scroll down to the red buttons to choose an action. Completing the forms and paying can all be done online or another option is to print them, fill them out, and mail them.

Participants can also order a 2023 Poster at a discounted price when registering, by checking the box; they can pick up the poster at the Merchandise Booth at the Car Show.

Free admission and free parking for the general public is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday May 28. The Show Car Gate will be open from around 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. There are no day-of-show registrations, entrance is controlled. Dash plaques will be given to each registered vehicle.

The Swap Meet entrance (same gate) opens at 7 a.m. All vendors must be set up by 9:30 and vehicles parked in designated Vendor Parking areas. Like last year, there are two vendor areas, the "Artisan Circle" is near the Bates main store. The Car Show Field hosts the line of auto-related vendors adjacent to all the car action.

Bates has been host to many, many car shows, craft fairs, and other large events over the last 30-plus years. Public parking is simple, enter the gate, follow the signs and attendants will direct cars to a parking spot. Handicap parking is available up front, look for the signs.

The featured cars this year are of British origin/manufacture and will be grouped together under the shade trees. Adjacent to them will be the always-attractive "Brass Era" cars, pre-1916 preserved historical masterpieces.

The FVCC Merchandise Sales Booth will be there selling shirts, hats, posters, sweatshirts, tee's and other collectable items. Like last year, great food vendors will be available early on and throughout the day. Restrooms are available adjacent to the Bates General Store which has snacks, food, gifts, and goodies from all over the world.

Inside the Artisan Circle will be a large tent with tables and benches for shade and a place to sit and eat. Near there is the Bate's animal zoo, great for children. Raffle tickets will be available early and prizes announced every hour. Guests can go to the raffle booth to check to see if they have won a prize. There will be a DJ to play music and make announcements for all to hear.

The Avocado Festival is coming up Sunday April 23 and FVCC will have its Mini Car Show and Merchandise Sales Booth all setup and ready to sell this year's new poster as well as other products. All are invited to stop by and buy.

Dogs are not permitted on Bates property nor alcohol. Proceeds from the show benefit local Fallbrook-area nonprofit organizations, primarily youth, senior, and military, through FVCC donations made throughout the year.

Since 2016, the FVCC has donated $100,000 back to the community, all from the proceeds that come from the Fallbrook Vintage Car Show.

Submitted by the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club.


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