A show of support: Crowd comes out to see classic cars

Published 4:10 am Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The eighth annual Open Road Cruisers Benefit Car Show, which had two young children as beneficiaries, attracted quite a crowd on Saturday.

Open Road Cruisers president Jeff Sharp was already thrilled, just a half hour after the show opened.

“It’s a great turnout,” he said. “We’ve got over 100 (entrants) so far!”

The vehicles kept rolling in as the day continued.

The beneficiaries of the show were Kayne and Gracie McFarlain, who have each been diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation, a brain and nervous system disorder. Both of the McFarlain children have already undergone brain surgery in their short lives, but they both appeared to have fun at the show.

There is no admission fee to the show, but people have a chance to contribute to the cause by purchasing raffle tickets for a wide range of prizes. Also, the vehicle entrance fees go directly to each year’s beneficiaries.

In March, Sharp said, “in the last seven years (the Cruisers) have given over $75,000 to individuals in our community.”

With the Eli Seal band keeping things lively, the crowd got to check out the 112 antique and classic vehicles entered, as well as 25 host vehicles. And many people used the occasion to reminisce about the past, to mourn that those days are no longer, or to re-live their individual “glory days.”