Car show to aid needy children for Christmas

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Showcase this weekend at Pritchard Community Center

By Marty Finley

On the heels of Thanksgiving, Central Kentucky Rods and Machines is again turning its attention to the plight of local children this holiday season.

The club, in conjunction with NAPA Auto Parts and Awards Center, is hosting the Christmas for Kids Car Show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown. The entry fee for cars is $15 and guests are asked to bring a toy or money donation as a form of admission. Car entry and set-up starts at noon Friday.

President Bob Merchant said the club has been hosting the car show for roughly 25 years and all proceeds benefit Helping Hand of Hope’s Angel Tree program, which provides gifts for children in need during Christmas. Last year, the club collected 50 names from the trees and spent about $5,800, Merchant said.

“Every penny comes in to us helps give these kids a Christmas,” Merchant said. “We don’t keep any of it for nothing.”

The show itself is devoid of judging and every entry receives a plaque, Merchant said. Vehicles with hydraulics as well as boom boxes and loud stereos are prohibited.

Food, such as apple pie and chili dogs, and music will be available. An auction is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday with a number of items up for purchase.

“Believe it or not, I have a bass boat for sale,” Merchant said, laughing.

Typically, the show has attracted 40 to 45 cars over the years.

“You can get 48 cars in there,” he said. “I got 54 in there once but it was tight.”

Merchant said the show always has an unpredictable flair because you never know who will show up or what cars will enter. This year, he plans to enter a restored Chevrolet Camaro while Herb Jones Chevrolet is expected to display its modern-day counterpart.

The club also has requested an appearance by Elvis’ Cadillac.

“I’d like to see it grow bigger, but if it grows any bigger, I may have to get a different building,” he said.

Nevertheless, Merchant wants to see the community rally for the children this year.

“The more money we get, the more kids we make happy,” he said.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com