Despite the cloudy skies and a bit of rain, the Ninth Annual Troup County Sheriff’s Office Car Show went off without a hitch and carried on with new organizers over the weekend.
The show returned for its ninth iteration with the help of another local car enthusiast, Judy Pruitt, who stepped up to organize the show after the retirement of Major Charles Nixon.
The event had a smaller crowd than in recent years, primarily due to the weather. Many folks were scared off by the cold rainy morning, but a few dozen braved the slight showers to show off their cars, trucks, and motorcycles, and raise some money for the kids of Camp Pineland.
The show featured all of the attractions of past shows — slick hotrods and classic cars, along with a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, tasty fair concessions, and a benefit auction featuring items donated by local businesses and Pineland supporters.
All of the funds raised will go to pay for items for the kids at Camp Pineland. The youth camp houses and cares for dozens of young men, who are often the products of abuse, neglect, or dysfunctional families.
Camp leaders say the children who live at the camp have had very hard lives, through no fault of their own, and Camp Pineland provides them with opportunities to have a better life and a lawful and productive future. The camp teaches then to resolve their personal conflicts, find their identities, and learn proper values.
Trophies were presented for the Best Motorcycle, Truck, and Car as well as Sheriff Choice, picked by Sheriff James Woodruff.
The trophy for Best Motorcycle was given to Dion Senn for his 2006 Road King. Best Car was awarded to Dennis Stanford for his 1930 Ford A Model Coup. The Best Truck award was given to Joe McConnell and his 1953 Chevy Pickup.
The overall winner, chosen by Woodruff himself, was Corey Coleman, who brought his 1969 C10 pickup truck.
All the proceeds from the event will go directly to the kids at Camp Pineland due to generous donations of concession items and items for auction.
The total amount of funds raised for Camp Pineland is still being calculated. When the total monies are tallied, Sheriff James Woodruff will present a check to the youth home. This show is possible due to strong support from our local community and the employees of the Sheriff’s Office who give of their time to help the kids a Camp Pineland.
Sheriff Woodruff would like to thank the organizers who stepped up to take over for Nixon and all the local businesses who donated products for concessions and the auction, as well as the wonderful people from around the community who attended the car show supporting the boys of Camp Pineland.
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