The Southern Cruisers Car club loves nothing more than a car show — unless it is one of their own that doubles as a fundraiser for a local child in need.
On Saturday, the club will host the 26th annual Southern Cruisers Car Show at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fairgrounds on Highway 67. Proceeds will benefit Kyle Hendry, a 14-year-old with muscular dystrophy who lives with grandparents Marshall and Chris Parkerson in Statesboro, said Southern Cruisers spokesman and member Gary Oglesby.
Kyle has a special wheelchair and encounters numerous financial challenges with his condition, he said.
Each year, the car club selects an area child with a debilitating or potentially fatal disease, and money raised goes to that child and his or her family, he said.
Registration for the show is from 8–11 a.m., and door prizes will be awarded from 1–3 p.m., he said. Awards and trophies will be presented at 3 p.m. after the cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles are judged.
For donations, visitors will be allowed the chance to fire a .50 caliber machine gun (using blanks), he said.
Trophies will be given to the top 50 vehicles, and the first 100 cars to enter will be given a dash plaque. Southern Cruisers members may display their vehicles in the show but will not be judged. Specialty trophies also will be awarded.
Cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors for sale will be included in the “Car Corral.”
The event includes vendors on site, a silent raffle and a 50/50 cash drawing. No personal music or alcohol is allowed, Oglesby said.
Admission is $4, with handicapped persons, military persons and their families with ID, and children under 12 admitted free.
In case of rain, the show will be postponed until June 3, he said.