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'Memory Lane' car show and 1950s nostalgia festival back after three year hiatus

May 5th, 2014 9:21 pm by Jeff Bobo

'Memory Lane' car show and 1950s nostalgia festival back after three year hiatus

Although the focus this year has been on maintenance rather than new additions to Memory Lane, there are a few new things to see May 24, including a 1947 John Deere bulldozer parked at the 'airport.' (Photos by Jeff Bobo)

ROGERSVILLE — It's going to be a busy month for Otis and Kathy Eldridge, who are preparing for the rebirth of the Memory Lane 1950s nostalgia festival on May 24 as they celebrate the actual birth of their first grandchild later this week.

But, even with newborn granddaughter in tow, the show must go on.

After a three-year hiatus, the Memory Lane car show and 1950s nostalgia festival is back in its usual place on the calendar, on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

For about a decade, the Memory Lane festival attracted classic car enthusiasts from across the country.

In its heyday, the annual event attracted nearly 1,000 show cars from 20 different states and an estimated 10,000 spectators.

Several factors led to the show being cancelled in 2011, 2012 and 2013, not the least of which was a membership lull in he Random Rod Car Club which organizes the car show.

Today the Rogersville-based car club is back up to full membership and fully manned to handle the workload involved with operating a show of this magnitude.

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