Hilliard Northwest News

Military and emergency vehicles roll into Hilliard Aug. 9-10


A Sherman tank and a host of other military, police and fire vehicles will be on display Aug. 9 and 10 at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, 4100 Columbia St. in Hilliard.

Organizer Steve Clapper, 50, of Orient, said he founded the Military and First Responders Vehicle Show as a way to thank veterans, police officers, firefighters and others who put their lives on the line to protect and serve the public.

"It's all to thank those who look after us on a daily basis and to pay our respect and let them know we appreciate what they do," Clapper said.

He hopes it develops into an annual show.

Clapper said a similar show is held in Findlay, but he knows of no others in central Ohio.

"I thought we should have something here," Clapper said.

Clapper said he plans a live demonstration for the operable Sherman tank, which is on loan from a museum in Allen County.

Other privately owned military vehicles and antique vehicles will be on display.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Columbus Division of Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol also will participate in the show, Clapper said.

The show is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.

Admission will be $10 for adults; free for children ages 12 and under.

Proceeds will be used for next year's show and donated to the Wounded Warriors charity.

They also will be added to a building fund for a military museum Clapper hopes to establish.

"I'm still looking for a site," Clapper said.