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Sheriff’s Deputies Prepare For Annual Car Show

Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies have begun taking pre-registration for their eight annual car show benefitting Camp Pineland. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pyne Road Park, located at 4481 Roanoke Road in LaGrange.

Each year the funds from the charity car show go to benefit the Georgia Sheriff’s Association’s Youth Home, Camp Pineland.

This marks the eighth year the Sheriff’s Office will hold the benefit show, which helps support the many young men who live at Camp Pineland.

Camp Pineland is one of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association’s Youth Homes, which provide homes and child care for children who are often the products of abuse, neglect, and dysfunctional families. Camp Pineland, located here in Troup County, not only provides a safe home for boys, it gives them the opportunity to find their identities, learn proper values, and resolve personal conflicts as they work to become lawful and productive members of our community.

The show has grown each year since its inception, due in no small part to the hard work of Major Charles Nixon, who has organized the show since the beginning.

Although Nixon heads up the event, the show is a collaborative effort by the entire Sheriff’s Office staff. Deputies and staff donate their time, effort, and often much of their recent paycheck to the charity show and auction. Every department of Sheriff’s Office and jail participates in the event in some way, from records clerks to investigators.

For Nixon though, it’s not just a one day event. He spends months gathering sponsors, door prizes, auction items, and signing up vendors, as well as registering car show entrants. Toward the end of April, his office will be filled with piles of prizes, t-shirts, and trophies for the event.

Last year’s show once again had a record showing, raising well over $13,000 for Camp Pineland with over a hundred entrants and countless attendees.

The car show features numerous antique cars, trucks, motorcycles, and related vendors. For those less interested in cars, there will be great food, music, door prizes, a money tree, a 50/50 raffle, and a live auction.

Awards are given each year for Best Car, Best Truck, Best Motorcycle, and Sheriff’s Choice.

Don’t wait to register. Pre-registration only costs $15 and lasts until May 7. Late registration on the day of the show is still only $20.

Deputies are also currently seeking sponsors for the upcoming show. If you would like to sponsor a portion of the show or donate a prize for auction or giveaway, please contact Major Charles Nixon at 706-883-1616. Information on the show is also available at the same number.

Admission to the event is free to the public, but donations will of course be accepted. All prizes from the event come from donations from local businesses and raffle sales.

All money collected from raffle sales, concessions, and entry fees go directly to help the boys of Camp Pineland.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer