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FAIRMONT — Auto enthusiasts from across Robeson County will flaunt their cars, trucks and motorcycles for a good cause on Saturday during the third annual Showin’ Off for Autism event in Fairmont.

The event raises money for the Robeson County chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina and will showcase more than 50 vehicles, according to organizer Erick Freeman.

“Everybody has fun and looks forward to it each year,” Freeman said. “I start getting phone calls about it before I’ve even set a date.”

Previously a bike show, this year marks the first time that cars will be on display during the event. Awards will be presented to the owners of the top 10 motorcycles and top 20 cars or trucks.

In 2013, the event raised more than $700 for autism research. This year’s goal is $900.

Freeman said he was inspired to put together the fundraiser because he felt that autism research wasn’t receiving as much attention as other causes.

“Me and my cousins wanted to do a show, and one of my cousins works for someone whose son has autism,” he said. “I didn’t know of any other events, so I figured we’d raise awareness for it.”

In addition to all the vehicles, the event will feature food vendors, raffles and activities for children. The cost of registering a vehicle is $15.

The event, which is being sponsored by One Main Financial in Luarinburg, will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fairmont Community Park. For information, call 910-740-2883.

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