LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- For the first time, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association holds it's 39th Annual Convention in Louisville from June 27th through June 28th in Hall B of the Kentucky Exposition Center.
The MVPA is an association of people interested in the restoration and preservation of antique military vehicles and equipment; the local KILROY affiliate is the host group for the convention.
Its members are best known for their appearances in parades and encampments throughout the area, including Louisville's Veterans Day Parade and Massing of the Colors.
On Friday and Saturday, the convention is open to the public, with a daily admission charge of $10.00. On Friday, doors open up at 8 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. On Saturday, they open up at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.
Military vehicle enthusiasts will display 190 vehicles with special exhibits and demonstrations including: a reenactment of a full WWII Motor Pool, recreation of a WWII field hospital, a special tank display from the Ropkey Arms Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana, several modern pieces of equipment including trucks and personnel carriers from Fort Knox, an exhibit and demonstration by the Historical Construction Equipment organization and more.
The convention will close with a "Vehicle Rodeo" at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. Vehicles which have been on display will have an opportunity to drive an obstacle course in the outdoor horse ring at the Fairgrounds. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association.
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