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Convention Center

Washington Auto Show at Convention Center, now through 01/04/03
By Alex Padro
Dec 28, 2003, 18:18

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This year's Washington Auto Show, a holiday season tradition in DC, is at the Washington Convention Center in Shaw until Sunday, January 4, 2004. Hosted by the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association, the 62nd staging of the auto show showcases over 700 makes and models from 37 manufacturers. The theme of this year's show is "History with a Future."

An annual crowd favorite at the Washington Auto Show, the Hands On Contest will give away four new cars this year, reserving one model to be won by a member of the military serving overseas. This year, contest organizers will reserve one car for entrants from the US military now serving overseas who will be represented in the contest by a family member here at home.

The 2004 Washington Auto Show/DC Lottery Second Chance Drawing will award a free 2004 Ford Thunderbird to one lucky winner. Now in its fourth year, the Washington Auto Show and DC Lottery partnership will launch the "$5.00 Auto Show Instant Scratch ticket" with a chance to win $25,000 instantly. This ticket and partnership will award an estimated $1.7 million in total cash prizes. One non-winning $5.00 Auto Show ticket will be drawn at random to win the Second Chance Drawing grand prize, a 2004 Ford Thunderbird, courtesy of the Washington Area Ford Dealers. The contest also offers a second prize of $3,000 in cash and a third prize of $1,500 worth of free gasoline.

Washington Auto Show 2004 Dates and Hours:

Friday, December 26 - Tuesday, December 30: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, December 31: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Thursday, January 1 - Saturday, January 3: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday, January 4: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM


Adults: $10.00
Senior Citizens and Military Personnel: $8.00
Children (6-12): $5.00
Children under 6: FREE
E-Tickets: $9.00
No ID required with E-Ticket (can use as gift)

Discounts: $2 OFF weekdays. Get coupons at participating Wendy's Restaurants. Military personnel will receive a $2 per ticket discount when presenting a military ID. Those presenting a non-winning DC Lottery ticket will receive an additional $1 off adult admission.

Military Appreciation Day is on December 31, 2003, and Wendy's Day is on December 30, 2003. The Wendy's coupon is worth $4 off on December 30 and a Military ID holder can receive $4 off on December 31.

The Washington Convention Center is located at 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW, and is part of the Shaw Main Streets commercial district.

For information on exhibitors, daily events, celebrity guests, contests, and show highlights, visit or see the Washington Auto Show insert in the Sunday, December 28, 2003, edition of the "Washington Post."

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