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July 11, 2017

Grace Church to host car and truck show Aug. 5

File Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Organizers expect as many 100 classic vehicles for the show Saturday, Aug. 5, in The Plains.
Grace Episcopal Church’s annual car and truck show in The Plains had humble beginnings, but this year’s event could attract a record number of vehicles and plenty of foot traffic with all sorts of activities for families.

The fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at 6507 Main St. The rain date is August 12.

It all started in July 2015, when the church held a community picnic in July.

“It was a real success,” said Richard Asher of Broad Run, a Grace Church member and a co-chairman of this year’s event. “There was barbecue, a moon bounce and eight display cars.”

The event drew 62 vintage vehicles in 2016.

“Last year, we had cars and trucks from Fairfax to Winchester to Front Royal,” said co-chairman Paul Smith, also a Grace Church member and Haymarket resident. “The word has spread about our show being a fundraiser for the church. If it’s dry, we’ll park them on the grass.”

Grace has a big gravel parking lot, with plenty of large oak shade trees and grassy areas close to the century-old stone church. Show officials anticipate as many as 100 classic cars and trucks next month.

Registration will be $20 per vehicle, only on the day of the show. Cars can start arriving at 8 a.m. Halfway residents Herbie Waddell and his wife Sandra again will coordinate the registration of display cars and trucks.

Last year’s show attracted a 1923 Ford and a rare 2007 Parnelli Jones Ford Mustang Saleen — even a vintage John Deere tractor. Bonnie Bower of Warrenton won Best in Show Award for her 1955 Chevy Bel Air, while Winchester’s Bill Yowell claimed the Rector’s Favorite Award for his 1937 Ford Sedan.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the 10 ministries within Grace Episcopal. In addition to hot dogs, barbecue and a moon bounce, there will be a 50/50 raffle, face painting, corn hole games, a silent auction, a bake sale and a classic 1969 Good Humor ice cream truck selling all sorts of treats.

“Last year, we held the show on that 110-degree second Saturday of August,” Smith said. “This year, we’ll have ice cream.”

For the first time, craft vendors also will set up and folks can go into the air-conditioned church, where the bake sale will be held.

“We made $800 last year, just on the bake sale,” said Mr. Asher. "Obviously, that was quite popular.”

A week at a luxury condo in Williamsburg at Christmas time, Washington Nationals tickets, tickets to the September NASCAR race in Richmond and Virginia Tech football tickets are among silent auction items. 

“We’re gonna have a disc jockey playing classic tunes,” Mr. Asher noted. “It’s really become a community family event."

Adults and children can also view a fire truck from The Plains Volunteer Fire Department. There will be door prizes for show participants, as well as Top 20 awards and Best in Show award. Grace’s new rector, Rev. Weston Mathews, will choose the “Rector’s Favorite” award. The 50/50 drawing will take place about 2 p.m. and soprano Lori Lind, a member of the Grace Church choir, will sing the national anthem at noon.

For more information, contact Grace Church at 540-253-5177 or email Paul Smith at or Richard Asher at

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