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OGDENSBURG — For Lee A. Jones, next Saturday’s annual Greater Ogdensburg Chamber of Commerce Car-B-Que car shows and barbecue is about one thing, even before it gets started.

It’s not the vintage automobiles that will cram the Greenbelt.

Nor will it be the hot dogs and hamburgers.

“It’s the weather,” said Mr. Jones, the chamber director and event co-chairman.

Sunny, hot weather is a main ingredient for the Car-B-Que’s success. Car-owning participants, be they returnees or newcomers, usually don’t commit to attending until two or three days before the event. By then, a reliable weather forecast usually has been locked in.

In 2011, the Car-B-Que weather forecast was lots of sunshine and high temperatures.

It came through.

“Last year, we had 70 cars there,” Mr. Jones said.

He said the car owners who attend — Americans and Canadians — come from within a 60-mile radius of the city.

The event, set from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will start with a parade from Walmart, 3000 Ford St. Extension, and move down Ford Street to the Greenbelt.

There will be 20 trophies awarded to winning car owners. There also will be a pie-baking contest and a bake sale.

At noon, the Army’s 10th Mountain Division Band will return to Car-B-Que for a concert that has already established itself as a crowd favorite.

“They were wonderful,” Mr. Jones said of last year’s concert. “But the key is to bring your lawn chairs.”

Car registration is at 10 a.m. at Walmart for $7 per vehicle.

For more information, call the chamber at 393-3620.

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