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Florida’s Biggest Auto Show Moves to September

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The Orange County Convention Center will host the Central Florida International Auto Show this Sept. 20-22
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After more than three decades of being held on Thanksgiving weekend, the Central Florida International Auto Show will move to September this year.

The 2019 gathering will be held Sept. 20-22 at its regular Orange County Convention Center home in Orlando, where it’s been held for over 30 years. Show attendees will have the opportunity to view more than 400 new vehicles — and even drive some of them.

Organizers tout the Central Florida International Auto Show as the largest in Florida, with an annual attendance of between 15,000 and 25,000 people. They’re hoping that moving away from the Thanksgiving holiday will allow the event to present new models to attendees even sooner than usual.

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At least 20 brands will be on hand for the show, from Buick, GMC, and Chevrolet to Jaguar, Lexus, and BMW. According to the show’s website, at least 35 models and trims from participating automakers will be available for test drives, and even more will be on display. Pre-production models will be shown, too.

Along with these new vehicles, the show will feature dozens of antique and classic cars in exhibits from the Antique Automobile Club of America and Model A’s of Orlando.

Tickets for the show cost $12 for adults and $7 for seniors, military members, and students under 21. Admission is free for kids 12 and under, and young ones can also enjoy fun attractions like the Kids Test Drive, Spider Jump ride, face painting, and balloon art.

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News Sources: Orlando Sentinel, Central Florida International Auto Show