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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Ridgway firefighters ready for 7th downtown car show

  • Ridgway Fire Department is ready for some jaw-dropping autos to roll into town Sunday for the department's 7th Annual Car Truck and Motorcycle Show.
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  • Ridgway Fire Department is ready for some jaw-dropping autos to roll into town Sunday for the department's 7th Annual Car Truck and Motorcycle Show.
    The day-long event — with some attractions opening as early as 6 a.m. — is the fire department's major fundraiser for the year.
    Art Brown has served on the Ridgway Fire Department for 49 years and has coordinated the car show for the past seven. He knows small towns cannot keep a fire department operating without a boost in the arm.
    "This is our main fundraising event for the year. We take the money to buy supplies and stuff for the fire department," Brown said.
    The other source of money besides tax money is out-of-town fire calls and those are few.
    "We've purchased another truck and we need more hose connectors and new hose. In the past we funded a new fire house — remodeling it — and getting it the way we want it is just very hard to do," Brown said.
    The downtown Ridgway show features the Knights of Columbus Hall serving breakfast from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and a 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open House of Dinger Bats at 109 Kimbro St.
    Car Show registration is ongoing between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. with $10 entry fee and trophy presentation at 3 p.m.
    "Up to the year before last when we had a rain out we were averaging 120 to 130 cars a year. We have really good concessions," Brown said.
    Eubanks Custom Cooking — owned by a member of the fire department — sells barbecue, tenderloin, hot wings, hot dogs and drinks with proceeds benefitting the department.
    Big Elvis, DJ from Desoto, spins classics from the 1950s, '60s and '70s.
    There is a variety of donated items for a silent auction and door prizes will be handed out throughout the day. There is also a 50/50 raffle.
    Cars, trucks and motorcycles of all types are welcome.
    "It's an open show. You can enter anything you like as long as you pay the entry fee," Brown said.
    Brown said 70 to 75 trophies will be distributed. The Top 60 cars and trucks and Best of Show will get trophies, the top three motorcycles and Best of Show get trophies and the Fire Department, mayor, Banterra Bank, Dinger Baseball Bats, Gallatin County Judge, Cox & Son Funeral Home and police chief give out their trophies. There will be a trophy for Best Ford, GM, Mopar and Non Big 3.
    Brown says his part of the show is mostly done. He has distributed flyers to groups through Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee and ordered the trophies. His fellow firefighters will get busy Sunday.
    "The boys on the fire department are a wonderful bunch of boys. They work their butts off on the day of the car show," Brown said.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I couldn't do it without them the day of the car show."
    For more information contact Art Brown at (618) 201-5936.
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