The "Lite the Nite Car Show" returns to downtown Newark on Saturday, Sept. 8.

The "Lite the Nite Car Show" returns to downtown Newark on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Voted the number one downtown car show for the last 10 years by Cruisin' Times magazine, "Lite the Nite" features as many as 600 vehicles, including antiques, vintage cars, street rods, classic cars, motorcycles and specialty models. The show is open to vehicles of all types and vintages.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the gazebo on Newark's downtown square. The fee is $10 per entry. Awards and trophies will be presented at 8 p.m. on the eastside steps of the Licking County Courthouse. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

Proceeds from the car show benefit the annual Christmas holiday lighting of the Licking County Courthouse and other community projects. The tradition of decorating the courthouse goes back to 1949.

Jim Matheny and the members of the Newark Rodders Car Club are the organizers of "Lite the Nite." Six-foot trophies -- and, this year, four-foot trophies too -- are awarded to the most popular vehicles on display. Trophy sponsors assist with judging.

Other fundraising events during the car show include the annual 50-50 drawing, which last year totaled more than $3,000. Vendors and other exhibitors will have displays on the courthouse lawn, including Cruisin' Times magazine. Bob Diebold's Band and other groups will perform, in addition to the oldies tunes provided by the show's organizers.