The "Lite the Nite" car show will return to Newark on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The "Lite the Nite" car show will return to Newark on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Show chairman Jim Matheny of the Newark Rodders Car Club Inc. said he expects as many as 700 vehicles, including antiques, vintage cars, street rods, classics, motorcycles and specialty cars to gather on Courthouse Square. Registration will be at the gazebo from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the day of the show. The cost is $10 per entry. Awards will be presented at 8:30 p.m. from the steps on the east side of the Licking County courthouse. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

Six-foot trophies will go to the vehicles deemed most popular. Sponsors of the giant trophies will assist with the judging.

Proceeds from the show will support the annual Christmas lighting of the courthouse and other community charities. Decorating the courthouse for the holidays is a Licking County tradition that dates back to 1949.

Fundraising events will be held throughout the day, including a 50-50 drawing that show organizers say is the largest such drawing in Ohio. Last year, the drawing brought in more than $3,000. The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive during the day, and the local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter will display government vehicles. Music will be provided by Mayor Bob Diebold's band, "Midlife Crisis," on the courthouse steps, and by the Newark Rodders Car Club.