The facilities of the Franklin Volunteer Fire Department was transformed into a combination outdoor bazaar, festival and car show Saturday, as the women of the department’s ladies’ auxiliary hosted its first Relay For Life Car Show.
The event was an effort for the auxiliary to raise money to promote cancer research, according to organizers Angie Flippin and Crystal Isom.
“One hundred percent of the proceeds go to Relay For Life,” said Flippin as she sat in the shade of the department’s garage. “We don’t make anything from doing this.”
Isom said the idea for the event came from the heart.
“One of our firefighters passed away from cancer,” Flippin said. “And a very, very large number of our firefighters and auxiliary have had their lives touched by cancer in one way or another, whether it be family, friends or neighbors.”
Flippin, red-faced from the sweltering heat, looked over the more than 40 cars glistening in the sunlight.
“I just can’t believe it,” she said quietly. “There are a lot of cars, motorcycles and tractors here.”
Isom said they did their best to get the word out for the event.
“We went to a lot of car shows and have passed out flyers from Galax to Pilot Mountain,” she said. “But this is jut a blessing.”
In addition to the car show, the hundreds of people braving the heat could browse private vendors with items ranging from purses to jams and jellies to Christmas decorations, Isom said.
Vendors agreed to pay a $20 registration fee, which will go to Relay for Life, according to Isom.
“They also agreed to donate a door prize that will be given to winners of a drawing among the car show participants,” she said.
The event also featured a 50/50 drawing, plenty of eats ranging from hot dogs to good old Southern barbecue.
Music ranging from Guns & Roses to Johnny Cash was provided by Dirt Road Revival.
“The turnout and the support from the community has been an answer to a prayer,” Flippin said.
The organizers of the event said they didn’t have a goal in mind on how much they wanted to raise.
“We’re taking what we can get,” Isom said. “But we’re hoping to make at least $500.”
Flippin said she was at a loss for words at the turnout.
“This is truly a blessing,” she said. “We were praying to get five cars here and I just can’t believe it.
“I just want to thank the community for their continued support in every activity we have here at the fire department,” she said. “It’s truly a blessing to live here.”
Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.