Classic cars roll into fairgrounds for Down Syndrome Coalition fundraiser

Auburn event features 175 vehicles, pancake breakfast and raffle
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal Staff Writer
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Saturday proved itself a good day for Cruisin’. Some 175 classic cars and motorcycles wheeled into the Gold Country Fairgrounds for the fourth-annual Cruisin’ for Down Syndrome, a car show and family celebration hosted by and benefiting the Roseville-based National Down Syndrome Coalition. “I think it’s great,” Heather Haskin, coalition founder, said Saturday. “I’m really excited about the spectators. It just seems a lot more crowded than last year. All in all I’m just amazed and overwhelmed at the turnout.” While the number of registered vehicles was slightly down from last year, attendance at the pancake breakfast that kicked off Saturday’s show, as well as raffle-ticket sales, were both up, Haskin said. And even if there were slightly fewer cars this year, those that did show up at the fairgrounds were top notch, said Jason Haskin, Heather Haskin’s husband and coalition co-founder. “We have just a vast array,” he said Saturday. “You have that, and you have the nice support. It has a really good vibe. It’s like a big ol’ parking lot picnic.” Auburn resident Mark Tillack, who owns a 1967 Chevy Nova, was also impressed with the cars at Saturday’s show. “They have a lot of great hot rods here and a lot of variety, a lot of dollars,” he said. “I think it’s a great way to show off some of these classic cars and to raise some money. It’s all good.” Austin Petty, of Penryn, and his daughter Alissa, 15, spent Saturday morning selling raffle tickets. The Petty family has been involved with the coalition about a year. “Everybody here has an open heart and they want to give and support people with Down syndrome,” Petty said of Saturday’s show. “It’s got good heart.” The Journal’s Loryll Nicolaisen can be reached at, or comment online at