Annual Sheriff’s Car Show Saturday

Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies are making final preparations for their annual kids benefit car show Saturday.

This marks the eighth year the Troup County Sheriff’s Department has hosted the car show, which benefits Camp Pineland. The event is scheduled 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.

The show has grown each year since its inception with more car, bikes, truck, and attendees, but most importantly more funds raised for the kids a 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 is really a labor of love for local sheriff’s deputies and most everyone from investigative staff to jailers get in on the action. Their hard work and the generosity of car show attendees is what makes the show’s usual annual contribution of more than $10,000 to the camp possible.

Sheriff James Woodruff advises this year they are planning on raising funds for specific amenities they can add to Camp Pineland. One plan is to stock the pond at the camp with fish so the young boys can go fishing.

“Sure, we give them the big check each year and that helps keep the lights on, but we want to do something that people can specifically see their donations provide,” said Woodruff.

Event organizer, Major Charles Nixon, is quick to remind that 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.

The car show features dozens of antique cars, trucks, motorcycles, and related vendors.

For those less interested in cars, there’s also food, music, door prizes, a money tree, a 50/50 raffle, and a live auction.

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

Admission to the event is free to the public, but donations are always welcome. All prizes from the event come from donations from local businesses and raffle sales.

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

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer