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5 Things You Need to Know about the 2017 Dayton Auto Show

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This list provides five important things to watch out for at the 2017 Dayton Auto Show

The new Chevy Cruze hatchback is just one of many vehicles on display at the 2017 Dayton Auto Show

The 2017 Dayton Auto Show kicked off on February 23rd and will remain open to the public until the 26th of this month. Taking place at the Dayton Convention Center located on 22 East Fifth Street, this year’s show will feature more than 200 vehicles from 28 different automakers. Visitors can talk to product specialists about every car on display, but without the pressure typically associated with looking for cars at the dealership. This is because the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles doesn’t allow cars to be sold at the Dayton Auto Show.

On top of all of the exciting vehicles being featured at this year’s event, there are many other things about the show that might demand your attention. Here are five important things to know about the 2017 Dayton Auto Show.

1) Kids Get in for Free

While adults are required to pay $8 at the box office or $6 online, children under the age of nine get in for free when accompanied by a paying adult. In addition, students can get in for only $6 at the box office if they’re able to present their student ID. What’s more, senior citizens get into the show for only $6 on Feb. 24.

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2) You Can Win a 2-Year Lease for a 2017 Chevy Cruze LS

The 2017 Chevy Cruze LS is a front-wheel drive sedan that’s powered by a 153-horsepower turbocharged engine. You can enter to win the lease for this vehicle at one of the Miami Valley Chevy Dealers’ locations from Feb. 23-26. You can also enter to win at the 2017 Dayton Auto Show, but the last day to enter the drawing is Feb. 26 by 1pm. Eight finalists will be selected in total and the winner will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 26th at the auto show, but you must be in attendance to win the lease.

3) There Are Fun Activities for the Entire Family

Dayton Dragon mascot Heater and Gem will be at the 2017 Dayton Auto Show

Dayton Dragon mascot Heater
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An auto show might not seem like the best place for kids to have fun, but the Dayton Auto Show is not your typical automotive event. Matt The Balloon Guy will be in attendance on both Feb. 25th and Feb. 26th from 11am to 3pm. Matt has created balloon art in seven different countries and people say he can make just about anything that a kid could request.

For even more entertainment, Face Doodles by Jen will have a booth set up where kids can visit and have their faces painted as various characters and in many vibrant color options.

Dragon Dragons mascots Heater and Gem will also be at the 2017 Dayton Auto Show Sunday, Feb. 26 from 2pm to 4pm.

The Acura display will also host the Ben-Gals Cheerleaders on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 6-9pm.

4) You Can Test Drive Select Toyota and Fiat-Chrysler Vehicles

Last year marked the first time in Dayton Auto Show history that Toyota offered the Toyota Drive Center. Guests attending the show were able to test-drive four different models on a predetermined loop through downtown Dayton. The vehicles available for test drives were the RAV4 hybrid crossover, Camry sedan, Tacoma pickup truck, and Prius subcompact car. This proved to be so popular that the Toyota Drive Center has returned for 2017, and it’s being joined by the Fiat-Chrysler Ride & Drive Experience.

5) Food Will Be Offered at the Show

In case you get hungry, just remember there’s a concession stand serving all types of snacks and beverages. What’s more, the Dayton Convention Center is just minutes away from the Oregon District where visitors can also grab a bite to eat. You just need to get your hand stamped if you want to re-enter the show.

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Posted by The News Wheel on Thursday, February 23, 2017