By Lance Hickey
Weaverville – The Weaverville Lions Club hosted its annual car show on Saturday, July 19, raising support for its many philanthropic endeavors.
“This is our (Weaverville Lions Club) primary fundraiser for our area,” said Weaverville Lions Club president Woody Bolinger, who helped spearhead the event. “It’s all good projects and it basically all stays local.”
The Weaverville Lions Club is currently celebrating 70 years as an organization, while also hosting its sixth annual car show which presented prizes to top vehicle participants.
“We have first and second place and then we’ve got about 12 categories we give out for,” Bolinger said. “We give out 40 door prizes to participants as well. We want to give back to those who support us.”
The Weaverville Lions Club Car Show took place on the fields of Weaverville Elementary School.
There was a $20 entry fee for participants who elected to enter their vehicle into the event. The show included cars of all shapes and sizes, mostly classic vehicles and there were about 65 entries.
Funds raised at the show helped send individuals to Camp Dogwood, a camp for the visually impaired, to a fishing tournament in the Outer Banks for the visually impaired, while also raising multiple scholarships for North Buncombe students attending AB-Tech, among other noteworthy causes.
The area was filled with residents from all over Northern Buncombe and Madison Counties.
“There’s a lot of different things we do. Anything we know about in the community we try to help out,” said Kim Freeman, a member of the Weaverville Lions Club for nearly four years. “A lot of people don’t know that we offer these services,” said the Ohio native who helped volunteer at the event. “I think it helps the community just by us volunteering and giving back.”
There were more than 65 vehicle-owner participants who entered into the event. Top participants received a trophy plaque.
The Weaverville Lions Club also presented 40 door prizes to participants, including gift cards, outdoor chairs and a cooler, among other awards.
Admission was free to the public. Hamburgers and hotdogs and desserts were served for a donation to the Lions Club, while music was played during the event.
Businesses from across the area helped sponsor the event, including Alan’s Jewelry & Pawn, Ken Wilson Ford, Brank Insurance and other area businesses.