King Midget 70th Anniversary Jamboree

Date(s) - August 11, 2016 - August 13, 2016
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Photograph courtesy of Ann Goins

Celebrate a True Athens Original: The King Midget

Visit the place where the King Midget was developed, assembled and sold: Athens, Ohio! The annual King Midget Jamboree commemorates this Ohio-made micro car and returns to Athens for the 70th anniversary of the founding of Midget Motors.

The Jamboree will feature many classic King Midget events including the High Street Challenge, a cruise-in on Athens’ famous brick-lined Court Street (the main drag in town), a driving tour of historic Nelsonville and the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway, and many other events to be announced.

While in town, visit the King Midget Exhibit at the Market on State, which features the entire collection of King Midget vehicles and was topped off this year with the 1969 Commuter donated by the IKMMC. Don’t miss the grand opening of the official King Midget archives with its permanent home in Ohio University’s Alden Library’s Special Collections.

Schedule of Events

Thursday Aug. 11
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
See the King Midget cars at the parking lot at The Market on East State Street, during the Athens Farmer’s Market Thursday night Mingle at the Market.

Friday Aug. 12
10:00 am
Cheer on a group of King Midgets as they complete the 100 Mile Run. The route will encompass E. State Street, Carpenter Street, Congress Street and Union Street.
Another group of King Midgets will head to Shade, Ohio, to Fossil Rock Raiders Model Train Barn.

3:00 pm
Join the King Midgets in attending the opening of Alden Library’s King Midget display.

5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Visit the King Midgets on Court Street in front of the Athens County Court House.

Saturday Aug 13
9:30 am-11:00 am
Root for the King Midgets as they attempt to make the High Street Hill Climb, which was the test for the cars before they could be sold by the company.

3:00 pm-4:00 pm
The Kings will be in Nelsonville for a train ride on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway.

If you have any questions, contact Ann Goins at (740) 592-3555 in Athens or Brenda Arnold at (740) 525-8754 in Marietta