GALLIPOLIS — Locals might think they’ve traveled through time when the 26th annual All Ohio Model T Jamboree rolls through the streets of Gallia County and Mason County, W.Va., for a weekend on Aug. 29-31.
The Model T’s, which have traveled throughout various parts of the state every summer for the last 25 years, will travel throughout Gallia and Mason counties during their three-day stay to showcase a piece of history and give local residents a chance to view them close up at various stops.
Amanda Crouse, executive director of Gallia County’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said she’s excited about partnering with Mason County for the event and that she is looking forward to this experience coming to Gallia and Mason. Members of the jamboree initially contacted Gallia’s visitor’s bureau in February about visiting the area, she said.
“I would like to encourage the public to attend any of these events. It is free and they’re welcome to see the cars at the various stops,” she said.
The cars will arrive throughout the day on Aug. 29 at the host hotel, Quality Inn, as well as the Super 8 and Hampton Inn. They will first meet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Gallipolis City Park for an ice cream social. While ice cream will not be available to the public, the cars will be on display for the public to some and see.
“The cars will all be parked on First Avenue so people can come in look at them. If it rains, they’ll have it at the Quality Inn and the cars will be in the parking lot there,” Gallia County’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Office Manager and Events Coordinator Karen McCarty said.
On Saturday, the cars will tour Point Pleasant and Mason County, beginning at Fort Randolph, from 8-10 a.m. The cars will then tour various parts of the county.
The cars will also be parked at the First Church of the Nazarene at 1110 Fist Ave. in Gallipolis from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday for the jamboree’s banquet. At 7:30 p.m., the cars will return the Quality Inn parking lot.
The weekend will conclude with a Sunday tour through Gallia County, beginning at 8 a.m. Part of the tour will go through Centenary, Raccoon Creek Park, Cadmus, Patriot and Gage, before arriving at the Bob Evans Farm at noon for lunch and a tour of the farm. After lunch, the Model T’s will return to their homes.
Since the Model T’s travel at slower speeds than other cars, the visitor’s bureau asks that residents be mindful of that fact, McCarty said.
For more information on the upcoming jamboree, call or visit the Gallia County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.