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August 5, 2019

100 nice vehicles expected at show in The Plains

Photos/Ken Garrett
A 1953 Cadillac Eldorado at last year’s “Rise Against Hunger” car and truck show in The Plains.
A classic Mercury Comet wagon ready for picnicking.
Grace Episcopal Church in the Plains will host its fourth annual “Rise Against Hunger” car and truck show Saturday, Aug. 10.

The show each August has turned into the church’s second biggest fundraiser, next to the Piedmont Regional Art Show and Sale in May. 

“We’re expecting 100 or more display vehicles,” said show director Paul Smith. “A lot depends on the weather.”

It rained a lot the night before last year’s show, and 59 vehicles showed up, Mr. Smith noted.

“Two years ago, it was a sunny and dry and we had 107 cars and trucks,” he added. “Ironically, last year we netted $7,000 despite the turnout.”

About 500 spectators attended last year.

Proceeds will benefit the Rise Against Hunger food packing event held in November at Grace. The goal this year is to pack 20,000 meals, shipped from the United States to fight world hunger.

Mr. Smith believes spectators and participants are drawn to the fieldstone church with shaded trees and picturesque setting. For the first time last year, cars and trucks were displayed on Main Street (Route 55).

“We appreciate the assistance we receive from VDOT, the county sheriff’s department and the town,” Mr. Smith said. 

The event will feature hot dogs and barbecue for purchase, a moon bounce, face painting, basketball games, a bake sale, 50/50 raffle and silent auction with items such as Washington Nationals tickets, Virginia Tech football tickets and Richmond Raceway NASCAR tickets.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

To enter a vintage display vehicle, day-of-show registration is $20. Cars can start arriving at 8 a.m. Aug. 10. Rain date is Aug. 17. A registration form can be requested ahead of time by contacting Mr. Smith or the church. Participants can complete and bring the form (with $20 fee) the day of the show.

There will be door prizes for the participants, top 20 awards, kids’ favorite award and best in show and rector’s favorite trophies. The Best in Show winner also will receive $100. 

For more information, contact Mr. Smith at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0411 or Grace Episcopal at, 540-253-5177 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
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