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Car, bike show to raise money for many Elks causes

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Local car and motorcycle enthusiasts can get their motors running during the second annual car and motorcycle show to benefit the Fort Scott Elks Lodge No. 579, 111 W. 19th St.

Registration for the event begins at noon Sunday, with judging set to take place at 3 p.m. The show is expected to feature a variety of cars from muscle to custom autos and custom and stock motorcycles.

People can come just to watch or enter a car or bike, organizers said.

Entry fee for the show is $20, which includes a meal, which spectators can purchase for $5. Proceeds will go to the Elks Lodge, which supports several community projects throughout the year.

"We're going to try to do it annually," co-organizer and Elks member Lori Craig said. "It went over pretty good last year."

Craig said last year's event drew about 30 participants and around 150-200 spectators from the local area and surrounding towns.

She said she was not sure exactly how much money was raised at last year's event, noting that "some people just donated."

The event came about last year as Elks members were searching for creative ways to raise money for the organization.

"We thought we'd give it a try," Craig said. "We got some ideas from people with classic cars and bikes."

Projects the Elks Lodge helps sponsor throughout the year include the annual fireworks display at Fort Scott Community College, Christmas baskets for many area families, and a children's Christmas party, just to name a few.

Four people will judge show entries -- two for motorcycles and two for car entries. Each entrant will be assigned a number, Craig said.

This year, organizers have added two new categories to the show, which already includes best engine, best body and best interior in the car contest, and best custom, best stock and best "rat" bike in the motorcycle contest. New this year will be categories for "trucks" and "work in progress."

Craig said the "work in progress" vehicles will be those that "maybe people brought it to show, but it's not completely done ... There is still work to be done. We had quite a few of those last year."

Also this year, winners of three classes in each category, as well as a "best in show" winner in each segment, will receive certificates and steak dinners rather than the trophies awarded last year.

Craig said organizers attended a car show earlier this year in Bronson and polled many local event participants. As a result, the decision was made to change the prizes that will be awarded during the 3 p.m. presentation.

The lodge will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday with food and beverages available for purchase.

For more information, contact Craig at (620) 224-8810, or Brenda Collinge at (816) 797-4884.

On Saturday, the Elks will hold their golf tournament fundraiser for Christmas baskets in a three-person scramble format at Woodland Hills Golf Course. Cost is $50 per person, plus one can of corn or green beans for the Christmas basket. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Tee time is set for noon.

Elks Lodge Secretary/Treasurer Vicki Walker said prizes will be awarded at the lodge following the tournament. Interested players can call the lodge after 4 p.m. any day to register their team. She said it is important for anyone who needs to rent a cart to register prior to the event.

Elks members are trying to raise enough funds this year to serve nearly 200 families in its Christmas basket program.

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not for sure where all of this info came from but the categories do NOT include best engine, body or interior and there are not 3 prizes in each category, there is one prize in the 8 different categories that are being judged and there is not a best of show in every category

-- Posted by Lori Craig on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 11:06 AM

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