Rineyville baby takes top honors in benefit car show

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Column by Amber Coulter

By Amber Coulter

Klrissa Hancock pumped a trophy into the air after winning first place at a benefit car show earlier this month.

The 11-month-old sat in an activity center shaped like a red car that was handed down from her older sister. The plastic “car” had a registration tag on the front and the baby girl bouncing in the seat at the center.

Klrissa’s aunt, Virginia Riggs, said the girl was excited and didn’t want to hand back the small trophy given to her to hold because the trophy she won was too big for her to hold.

“She knew what to do with it,” Riggs said.

The Rineyville family entered the girl’s activity center as a joke during the July 20 car show at New Hope Community Church hosted by the Mystical Dreams Car Club.

The show was put together to help with funeral expenses for Shannon Lee Gales and the three children she left behind when she died in May after a car she was pushing rolled over her.

The car show wasn’t as successful as family members had hoped, drawing seven cars and Klrissa’s entry. Riggs, Gales’ aunt, said it had competition from other area car shows that day.

Still, the family members had a good time.

Riggs said visitors began taking photos of a locally-owned vehicle styled like the Disney “Cars” character Lightning McQueen on display at the entrance.

Soon after, all the attention was on Klrissa’s entry, eventually prompting it to take first in the judging, Riggs said.

“They really loved that,” she said.

Riggs hopes Klrissa can inspire more support for Gales’ family next month by throwing the first pitch at a softball tournament being organized.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com. Stories from the Heartland appears Mondays in The News-Enterprise.