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Mummies and mopars at RCA Car Show and Fall Fest, Oct. 26
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Shiny chrome and scary costumes will take over the grounds of Rockdale Career Academy in a couple weeks when RCA’s annual car show combines with its fall festival.

The free event goes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at RCA, located at 1064 Culpepper Drive. The "Cruising for Careers Car Show" is in its fourth year and organizers are encouraging locals and those from the surrounding metro-Atlanta area to join in on what was described as a family-friendly event.

Fall festival highlights include trunk or treat in the antique cars, a haunted ghoul bus, and a children’s costume contest. While the haunted ghoul bus is similar to a haunted house, Houk said the idea is based on a popular children’s book.

"We decorate the bus and then high school students act out the book while it’s being read to the children with different characters, such as Frankenstein, a werewolf and Dolores the Witch getting on the bus as it is read," Houk said.

Event-goers can also expect music, face painting, hair painting, activities, games, prizes and widescreen sports TV.

"The idea was to provide a safe, free place for the children of our community to celebrate the season," Houk said.

Children, ages 12 and below, participating in the costume contest are required to meet at the RCA lobby between 10 and 11 a.m. for registration.

RCA’s culinary program, along with Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, will have food and drinks available for the public to buy.

She explained high school student volunteers will entirely run the festival.

"It’s really part of what makes it so amazing," Houk said.

Those entering the car show must register before noon. Registration is $20 for cars, trucks and motorcycles. The three contest categories are vehicles made before 1972, 1973 to 1990, and 1990 to present.

Judging will start shortly after registration closes. Awards will go out for People’s Choice, Best in Show, Second in Show and Third in Show.

For more information about the car show, call Stretch Brandenburg at 770-388-5677, extension 31138 or email For information about the Fall Festival, email Shannon Houk at