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Chefs, crafts and automobiles at this year's fall festival

Eighty classic cars will be on proud display in downtown Los Altos, among the many attractions slated for the ninth annual Celebrate Los Altos Fall Festival. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 7 and 8.

Forty classic cars will be lined up Saturday, Oct. 7, in the South Plaza between First and Second streets. On Sunday, another 40 will be on display. Special awards will be given to 1950 models.

It's "Celebrate Los Altos," time again. The ninth annual Fall Festival features classic cars and more than 160 artisans with characteristic art, crafts, jewelry, clothing and decorative holiday items.

Additional features will include the chef's tent with top-flight restaurant chefs discussing their favorite cuisine, and a children's entertainment stage.

Bob Mabe, chairman of this year's car show, encouraged residents with classic pre-1969 cars to participate in the show, and they have responded with more cars than can be placed inside the South Plaza.

In addition, there will be an exhibition of pre-1976 cars that are for sale.

The 1950 cars will be judged for different categories of authenticity with the first, second and third place winners receiving awards or plaques from the Town Crier.

Judges for this year's awardwinning cars include Los Altos mayor John Moss, Los Altos police chief Lucy Carlton, Los Altos High School principal George Perez, Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District superintendent Rich Fischer and San Jose Mercury News automotive writer Gary Richards.

For the third straight year, the festival will feature a Chef's Galley, a cooking demonstration tent featuring regional and Los Altos celebrity chefs.

Participants include Dan Gordon of Gordon Biersch Brewing Company, Jaime Carpenter of Jocco's, John Petricca of Adobe Creek and Gary Roth of the Los Altos Golf & Country Club.

Entertainment ranges from the "little big band" sound of String of Pearls to acoustic blues of Felonius Smith and the popular dance music of Sweet Relief.

Admission and parking are free.

For more information call Mabe at 941-6534, or the Chamber of Commerce at 948-1455.

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