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Kiwanis plan for new year

Jeep show tops long list of 2023 events

By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times

The Carter County Kiwanis, in their first meeting of the year, approved plans to bring back their popular Jeep Show for Memory Days. Last year was the first for the event, which was sponsored in conjunction with club members at Pure Country Automotive.

The show last year was a “very successful” fundraiser for the club, board member Willis Johnson said, and interest in a second event was immediate.

The club voted to hold the show on Sunday, May 28, with exact times to be determined.

Johnson said that club president Jerry Yates, who missed the meeting due to work obligations, has already agreed to ask volunteers with the union hall to weld and mount custom trophies again this year. Last year’s trophies were fashioned from large pistons mounted on a wooden base, with smaller trophies made from spark plugs.

Johnson said they are also looking at bringing back the silent auction in conjunction with the show.

“What I’d like to do is get 30 or 40 donations,” Johnson said, noting it can be a great way for local businesses to support the club with a small donation.

Based on feedback from participants at last year’s event, Johnson said, they will also be adding a guided driving tour of the countryside outside of town. That ride won’t necessarily feature any off-road activity, but another event possibly could.

The board also approved a motion to explore the possibility of a Jeep off-roading event or competition, with events like mud-pit races. While there are no concrete plans for this event yet, the board did approve a motion to approach the fair board about doing the event in conjunction with the county fair, or to use the fair ground property for hosting the event at another date and time.

In other action the board and membership voted to schedule up to two bucket brigade days with the city of Grayson, and to schedule another Harvest Fest food distribution event for the Thursday before Thanksgiving.

Johnson said it was a tremendous success last year, with a great community turn out.

“If we ever had a success in the Kiwanis, this was the one,” Johnson said. “We fed 12,500 (meals to) folks impacted by flooding.”

The club also moved to approve sponsorship of a fishing tournament on Grayson Lake sometime in the Spring. Johnson said Carter County Sheriff Jeff May had approached the club about working with him on the event. Johnson said May will handle the details of the tournament, including the weigh-out, with the Kiwanis providing manpower.

The next meeting of the club will be held at Noon, Friday, February 17, in the cafeteria at KCU. The meetings are open to the public and any community member interested in joining the club, or learning more about their work, are invited to attend.

Contact the writer at editor@cartercountytimes.com



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