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Columbus International Auto Show

Manufacturers ready to roll out latest models

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More than 40 manufacturers showcasing their latest models and prototypes will participate in the 2014 Columbus International Auto Show, presented by Huntington Bank, Thursday through Sunday, March 13-16, in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St.

"It's a glimpse into the future," said Marie Gilman, manager of the Columbus International Auto Show, referring to some vehicles, not yet available to consumers, to be displayed.

But the show also recalls the past with a special "Mustang through the Years" exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang.

The iconic muscle car first appeared late in 1964; its first full year of production came the following year.

The 2014 Columbus International Auto Show will showcase 41 automobile manufacturers, hundreds of exhibits, the latest technology and family entertainment, Gilman said.

Manufacturer specialists, financing experts and representatives from participating dealerships will discuss vehicles' features and answer questions, but no cars are sold at the show, Gilman said.

As it has in the past, the show also includes family entertainment, guest appearances and contests.

Licensed drivers can test drive one of three new Mazda models on the streets of downtown Columbus. Patrons can also experience the capabilities of Dodge Ram models by riding shotgun up steep inclines and obstacles in the Ram Off-Road Experience, Gilman said.

Show patrons also will have the opportunity to watch stunt riders in the Dialed Action Sports Team BMX Show.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium will have a display of animals.

Other children's entertainment includes balloon sculpting by "Matt the Balloon Guy" and face painting.

A "Fan Lounge" at the show will broadcast the Big Ten Conference basketball tournament.

Ryan Shazier, who concluded his career with the Ohio State University football team last year, will be available to meet fans and sign autographs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

Visitors have a chance to win a 2014 Honda Civic as part of the show's "Ugliest Car in Columbus" contest. Guests can vote on pre-determined finalists and the winner receives the new car.

Hours for the show are noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 15; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 16.

Tickets are $8 if purchased in advance, online. They are $10 at the box office. Children 9 and youngerare admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult.

Friday, is "Senior Day," when senior citizens are admitted for $5 between noon and 5 p.m.

To view a detailed entertainment schedule, or to purchase tickets, visit columbusautoshow.com.

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