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Photo Focus: Cars and Community Under the Sun in Coral Bay

A short but spunky parade, pan music in the air, and stylish vehicles everywhere brought out Labor Day Festival fans and on Monday. Families and neighbors mingled throughout the day, joined by car show enthusiasts, many of whom came from St. Thomas.

Jeep wheel cover displays its style. (Photo by Judi Shimel)

The crowds that assembled seemed happy to spend the day browsing an array of cars, jeeps, audio systems, motorcycles, Volkswagon bugs, and custom roadsters. Promoters Al Smith and Jay Swartley said this year’s attendance was one of their best.

White sedan sports fancy rims. (Photo by Judi Shimel)

After spending the morning on the car barge, followed by a road trip to the venue, the food stand looked inviting.

People anxiously wait to order delicious plates of food. (Photo by Judi Shimel)

Community groups joined the holiday spirit. Young mariners from Kids and the Sea came to let everyone know the learn-to-sail program was making a comeback. St. John’s own Love City Pan Dragons brightened the day with their tunes.

From left, Emilie O’Born, Bentley Schnell, Olivia O’Bron and Sophie Schnell from Kids and the Sea. (Photo by Judi Shimel)
The Pan Dragons entertain the crowd. (Photo by Judi Shimel)

The model car tracks saw lots of traffic from children, sending tiny Hot Wheels down the slides. For those still young at heart, a customized, motorized version of the Big Wheel sat on the field.

Big Wheel adds nostalgia to Labor Day. (Photo by Judi Shimel)

By late afternoon, the judges had completed their rounds, announcing car show winners for various categories.

Steve Joseph from the Volkswagon Club BugsR Us takes home the trophy for Best Bug. (Photo by Judi Shimel)

Then it was time for the eight-mile ride to town to make the barge connection back home.

Until next time.

The Coral Bay Labor Day event was sponsored in part by car show promoters, the Coral Bay Community Council, and the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism.

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