Hundreds of the latest models of automobiles, including prototypes, will be on display during the 2013 Columbus International Auto Show.
The show, slated today through Sunday, March 14-17, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., is produced by the Columbus Automobile Dealers Association and presented by Huntington Bank.
The auto show will feature 37 automobile manufacturers, hundreds of exhibits, the latest technology and family entertainment.
"It's the place to be if you're shopping for a new car, (but) there is also a lot of great exhibits and entertainment," said Leslie Fulford, of Fleisher Communications Group.
Manufacturer specialists, financing experts and representatives from all of the participating dealerships will demonstrate vehicles and answer questions.
In addition to displaying the latest vehicles available, the auto show traditionally has been a place to display vehicles that aren't yet available. Dealerships bring prototypes, or "concept cars," to generate enthusiasm for what is being developed.
As it has in the past, the auto show also includes family entertainment, guest appearances and contests.
"The highlight of this year's show is BMX demonstrations," Fulford said.
Each of the four days of the auto show will feature a Dialed Action Sports Team BMX Show.
Contests include "Take a Shot," an opportunity to guess the number of balls stuffed inside a Fiat for a chance to win a 47-inch flat-screen television, and "Fuel Quest," a text-based scavenger hunt to win a $100 gas card.
Patrons also may enter to win a 2013 Honda Accord LX.
The auto show's hours will be noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 14 and 15; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 16; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17.
Entertainment March 16 includes an hourlong exhibit from the Columbus Zoo at 2 p.m. and "Matt the Balloon Guy," a balloon sculptor, demonstrating from noon to 3 p.m.
Face painting will be available from noon to 3 p.m.
Entertainment on Sunday, March 17, will include face painting and Matt the Balloon Guy from 1 to 4 p.m., a Columbus Zoo exhibit from noon to 1 p.m. and an appearance by Miss Ohio Elissa McCracken from noon to 3 p.m.
Tickets are $8. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted for free.
March 15 is Senior Day, when senior citizens are admitted for $5 from noon to 5 p.m.
To view a detailed entertainment schedule or to make advance ticket purchases, visit columbusautoshow.com.