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ANTIQUE AUTOS TO BE ON DISPLAY AT WILSON FAIR

At least 50 antique cars, including a 1928 Pierce Arrow phaeton originally owned by Al Jolson, will be exhibited at the 16th annual Memorial Day Fair sponsored by the Wilson Historical Society from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at the Historical Museum grounds on the Cambria-Wilson Road.

There also will be continuous entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a chicken barbecue beginning at 12:30 p.m. and an antique sale.

Admission, parking and shuttle bus service from satellite parking lots are free.

Jolson's seven-passenger Pierce Arrow has been fully restored and is owned by Herbert Walck of Lyndonville. Among other autos on display will be a 1904 Covert and a 1912 Metz, both of them donated to the Wilson Historical Society by the late Dr. John Argue.

Wilson's association with the automobile industry dates back nearly 90 years to the Wilson Automobile Manufacturing Co., which built the Niagara automobile before the company was sold in 1905 to the LaSalle-Niagara Automobile Co. LaSalles were built in a former button factory for about a year, and the name later was revived by General Motors from 1927 to 1940.

Entertainment at the Fair will include the Wilson High School band, a barbershop quartet and the Bison City Stompers, "musical arm" of the Buffalo Bisons.

At least 200 dealers are expected to display antiques, collectibles and crafts and to demonstrate basket weaving, spinning, caricature sketching, quilting and wood carving.

The Wilson Collection of 15 quilts and coverlets made between 1840 and 1905 will be on display. Co-chairwomen Nettie Stimson and Lois Barnum said more than 20,000 visitors are expected to attend this year's fair. Donald Croop is president of the Historical Society.

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