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Antiques and classics: A way of life for Purcell, Okla.

Traveling Interstate 35 north or south, it's hard to miss the giant "See us for ANTIQUES" billboards that promise 150,000 square feet of vintage merchandise to be found on Main Street in Purcell, Okla. Historic Main Street's wide boulevard is only a few blocks long, but it is home to many unique antique shops. The most ardent "Antiques Roadshow" fan will be in heaven.

September is a big month for special events in Purcell. An annual Labor Day favorite is the Purcell Antique Merchants Association's Loose Caboose Antiques and Crafts Festival on Sept. 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. downtown--near Purcell's historical caboose, of course.

In its sixth year, this popular event draws even more antique and collectible vendors, Made in Oklahoma products, and handmade crafts and art. Local wineries offer wine tasting, and the food court provides a huge variety of thirst-quenching and tummy-tempting booths, such as Ramona Horsechief's famous Indian tacos, and some of the best in barbecue.

The Loose Caboose Festival is a great family event. There is live music all day and children's activities ranging from storytelling and craft making to a Moon Bounce.

For more information visit www.loosecaboosefestival.com. Call Roselyn McAlister at 405-527-0462 or Floetta Vaughn at 405-527-5214 for vendor details.

Just as September enters with a bang in Purcell, so it finishes off the month with another family-oriented event--the first annual Heartland Classic Car & Bike Show on Sept. 25. It may be an inaugural event, but organizers have had plenty of personal experience in the car show arena. Purcell's own Page family owns Heartland Customs, where a restoration, resto-mod customization, or a theatrical re-dux is always in the works. The Page family is well known across the country for the many award-winning vehicles they have shown or created, and they are the coordinators of this year's Heartland Classic Car & Bike Show, building high anticipation for a big turnout.

Ronnie Kaye of KOMA Radio will emcee and DJ the event, making sure everyone is kept apprised of everything going on at any given moment. In addition to fun things for kids and a lot of food and retail vendors, some highlights include an autograph session with Heisman Trophy winners and the unveiling of Heartland Customs' latest automotive creation.

But the most important part of any car and bike show is the showcasing of beautiful classic cars and bikes. The 2010 classes include pre-1949 originals and street rods; post-1949 cars; 1953 to 1982 and 1983 to present Corvettes; muscle and custom cars and trucks; 1955 to 1957 Chevy cars; as well as home-built and imports--and don't forget all years and makes of motorcycles.

Winners will take home cash prizes and custom trophies, including a $1,000 cash prize for Best of Show, and those who attend will have their own opportunities to win raffle and door prizes all day long.

For more on Heartland Classics Car and Bike Show 2010, contact Char Page at 405-924-0115 or cpage@heartlandcustoms.us. Visit www.heartlandcustoms.us for a registration form.

Editor's note: Susen Foster is the owner of Greater Success Advertising. She is the author of numerous travel books. Susen can be reached at www.greatersuccess.com or call 580-622-5408.

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