Couple plan car show to help kids

The inaugural Sweet Home, Sweet Ride Charity Car Show for Kids will be held on the athletic fields below Sweet Home Junior High School Saturday, June 27.

The event will begin at 7 a.m. and will end with a cruise around Foster Lake at approximately 4 p.m.

Categories include classics, Camaros, Corvettes, pickups, pre-1936, muscle cars, street rods, hot rods, new cars, classic and newer motorcycles, police vehicles, fire trucks and even tractors.

Participants will receive a free photo of their vehicle next to Weddle Bridge as part of their registration. A second photographer will sell T-shirts with photos of participating vehicles.

Organizers Larry and Susan Angland are holding the event to raise money to provide scholarships to enable needy children to join the Boys and Girls Club, and for the Shop With a Cop program, which provides Christmas shopping opportunities for foster children who are accompanied by local police officers, and the Kiwanis Club’s project to provide shoes for needy schoolchildren.

The Anglands have handed out over 1,000 flyers and placed ads on car club event Web sites, given presentations to car and motorcycle clubs and attended car shows to publicize the event.

“We tried to reach out to every business, organization and club in Sweet Home and the surrounding areas to invite them to participate in this event in some fashion,” Susan Angland said.

The event includes a Poker Walk to benefit the city of Sweet Home and local businesses. Participants can get registration forms at any of the 21 poker stops on the three routes.

Participants will draw a playing card at each poker stop on a designated route and have the scorecard punched according to the card drawn. The Poker Walk starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Scores will be tallied at the car show and cash prizes will be awarded after 2 p.m. Nearly all of the funds collected from the Poker Stop businesses will go toward the winning poker hands and the cash prizes are $150, $100 $75, $50, $25.

Participants can register at the car show as well.

Veterans and Elks club members, dressed in their club vests, will help park cars, work the raffle booth, and sell raffle tickets.

The Sportsman’s Holiday court will help at the car show registration desk and will choose the “Princesses’ Sweet Ride” trophy. Mayor Craig Fentiman is expected to be there to choose his favorite vehicle, local firefighters will choose “Coolest Flames” and Sweet Home police will be choose the vehicle “Most Likely to Get a Ticket.”

“We expect to have close to 100 raffle prizes, which includes two Oregon Jamboree tickets and a White’s Electronics’ metal detector,” Angland said. “We have over 100 awards and ten special awards made by kids.”

She said the couple have gotten a lot of support from the Kiwanis Club, which they joined shortly after moving to Sweet Home a little over two years ago.

“Having been car club members for many years, we asked the Kiwanis if we could put on a car show to benefit kids and to bring the community together for a good cause,” she said. “They supported the idea immediately and gave us permission to start planning and organizing the event.”

For more information contact Larry or Susan Angland (541) 818-0222 or (541) 704-8838.

Show registration forms can be downloaded from the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce’s Web site at http://www.sweethomechamber.org.

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