Forty-one hot rods, muscle cars, model cars and more antique vehicles lined Deport’s Main Street on Saturday as Project Deport raised funds for its upcoming Fourth of July celebration with its first car show.

“We definitely raised enough (to fund the Fourth of July event),” said car show organizer Julia Grossmann. “We had over 100 people here, and this is just our first year, we’re definitely going to make this an annual thing.”

The exact total raised hasn’t been calculated, but organizers estimated the event brought in roughly $2,000.

Project Deport member Katrina Lee said the group, not affiliated with the municipal government, hosts community events throughout the year, including regular bingo nights, the Fourth of July celebration, events for other holidays such as Christmas and Easter, and more.

Awards were given out to some of the cars that judges considered to be the best, including the best in show award, given to Jack Cook for his 1955 two-door hardtop Bel Air, which he said he’s spent three years working on.

“It feels good to see that hard work pay off,” Cook said.

The car enthusiast said he’s taken his vehicle to other shows, and he has won a best in show award at one other event.

Grossmann said she hopes to make future car shows even better.

“More cars, more fun things to do, the goal is to get bigger and better every year,” she said.

Tommy Culkin is a staff writer for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6972 or at tommy.culkin@theparisnews.com.

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