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The Suburbanite
  • Car enthusiasts fund Stark State scholarships

  • More than 360 unique vehicles, along with 80 brand new dealer cars, were on display Sunday at the Canton Carnival of Wheels at Stark State College.

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  • Classic cars, muscle cars and hot rods filled the lots of Stark State College on Sunday for the fourth annual Canton Carnival of Wheels.
    Free for spectators, the money raised by those showing their vehicles funds scholarships for automotive technology students at Stark State.
    According to Jayne Sterner, the school’s development officer, the event has raised $24,500 during the last three years, enough to give scholarships to 24 students.
    “All of these auto enthusiasts have a great time. They love to show their cars,” said Sterner. “It’s just a lot of fun.”
    The Stark County Auto Dealers Association, which endows scholarships at Stark Stark State, also had 80 brand-new dealer cars on display.
    Ken Fultz of Lake Township showed his 1965 Ford Mustang. His son, John, said they go to smaller shows every weekend, but the “heavy hitters come to this one,” he said.
    “This show gets the rare cars you don’t see every day,” John Fultz said. “And it’s for a good cause, to help pay for tuition.”
    Larry Starcher of Akron had his 1930 Ford Model A on display with a “for sale” sign.
    Asking price? $25,000, the sign said, and “No tire kickers.”
    “That means people who have no intention to buy and no money to buy,” Starcher explained with a chuckle.
    The teacher, who is retiring soon, said he has been showing the car for 15 years and really doesn’t want to sell it.
    “When you retire, you’ve got to make sacrifices...plus the wife,” he joked.
    Todd Beckett of Massillon showed his City of Mayberry police cruiser. Dressed like Deputy Barney Fife, Beckett posed for photos with fans.
    “It’s a lot of fun,” said Beckett. “I found the car and what else can you do with a four-door Galaxie. I didn’t think I looked like Barney, but everyone says I do.”