By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - With spring offically here, thoughts soon turn to outdoor activities and community events that have become a common sight in Mingo County. One such annual event that is always popular among people of all ages is the Tug Valley Shrine Club Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.
Organizers and supporters of this event say they are planning to hold their 16th annual show on May 17, beginning at 9 a.m., with a rain date of May 24. This year, however, the Shriners will be doing things a little differently than they have in past years.
The 2014 show will be dubbed “The Eddie Hatfield Memorial Car Show,” in honor of a member who was one of the founders of this event, along with the help of the Dingess Car Club. Hatfield passed away earlier this year, and his friends and fellow Shriners said they will really miss his help and dedication, not only to this event, but to all of those held by the Shrine Club.
The annual car show is one of the Shriners’ main fundraisers each year and they appreciate all car, truck and motorcycle lovers who participate in the show or come out to look at all the vehicles that are entered in the competition.
Those interested in purchasing a vendor space for the event (10-by-10 feet) for $35 may do so by making a reservation with either Danny Whitt at 304-426-8412 or Jimmy Simpkins at 304-426-8069. The spaces will be rented on a first-come, first-served basis so that the earlier you call, the better chance you will have of getting a favorable location.
The Tug Valley Shriners are working along with the West Virginia National Guard to hopefully have several activities for children who attend, including a rock-climbing wall, and possibly a Dale Earnhardt Jr. race car on display.
The Tug Valley Shrine Club is dedicated to local children who have orthopedic problems and burn injuries. They take children from the Tug Valley and other areas to Shriner’s hospitals when needed, at no charge or expense to the families. They have transported many children over the years and also have donated money directly to the hospitals that has come from fundraisers such as the car show. The group is associated with the Beni Kedem Temple in Charleston and works closely with them in everything they do.
For more information regarding the car show or services provided by the Shriners, you may contact one of the following members:
Wes Caudill, 304-475-4243; Dwayne Meadows, 304-235-1973; Franklin Cisco, 304-235-5313, or Hank Starr, 304-426-8227.