2018 Syracuse Auto Expo to be held next week at Oncenter

Oncenter booked first half of 2018 for bowlers in the USBC Open Championships

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - It may seem a bit odd, but the 2018 Syracuse Auto Expo is taking place next week from Nov. 2 to Nov. 5.

The Oncenter is booked several months next year, including February when the car show usually takes place there.

Gino Barbuto, President of East Syracuse Chevrolet and President of the Syracuse Auto Dealers Association says it'll end up giving people an early look at 2018 models.

"After July is when the new models start coming in so you're going to be able to see all the 2018's because they're out, so it gives everybody an opportunity and there are a lot of parts of the country where the auto show is in November when they first come out, so it will be a trial and error for us, but we're looking forward to it no matter what,"  Barbuto tells NewsChannel 9.

The first half of 2018 at the Oncenter will be taken up by the USBC Open Championships drawing bowlers to Syracuse from around the country. 

The tournament itself takes place from March to July, but setup starts in January.

Barbuto says,  "Well, it's a little difficult for us because now this year we're going to have two auto shows in one year, because we had one in February and now one in November but it's a sacrifice for the good of a lot of people."

The bowling championships are expected to bring millions of dollars of economic impact to the Syracuse area with people staying in local hotels, eating in area restaurants and shopping in stores around Syracuse.

Central New York auto dealers are hoping to have their own economic impact with their 2nd Annual Charity Preview next Wednesday Nov. 1.

Barbuto says, "We're hoping to raise $200,000 at this one, we raised over $300,000 at the last one so that would be over half a million dollars in this calendar year."

This year's Auto Expo is:

Nov. 2 and 3, Thursday & Friday: 4PM–9PM

Nov. 4, Saturday: Noon–9PM

Nov. 5, Sunday: Noon–5PM

Adults: $9, Seniors: $7, Children (6-12 yrs): $3,  Age 5 and under: Free

Free parking provided with the purchase of admission ticket.

Thursday - Veterans, first responders, and military personnel are free with ID.

Friday - Customer Appreciation Day - Buy one get one free with coupon from participating dealerships.

Saturday - Wine and Beer tasting from 4-8pm.

Sunday - Family Fun Day - Face painting and magicians for the kids!

For more information on the Syracuse Auto Expo click here.


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