Spring Fling benefits fire department

Published 8:20 pm Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Chocowinity Volunteer Fire Department members (from left) Chief Tommy Pendley, Capt. Toby Cole and Assistant Chief Charlie Elks are gearing up for this weekend’s Spring Fling Car & Truck Show. Included in the show will be (from left) this 1977 Trans Am, 1960 Chevrolet Impala hardtop and 1960 Chevrolet Impala convertible. (WDN Photo/Kevin Scott Cutler)

CHOCOWINITY — Owners of automobiles of every make and model are invited to take part in this weekend’s Spring Fling Car & Truck Show, benefiting the Chocowinity Volunteer Fire Department.

The fifth-annual show will be held Saturday at Chocowinity Middle School. Registration, at $20 per entry, runs from 8 a.m. to noon and the awards presentation is slated for 3 p.m. A new category for motorcycles, with an entry fee of $15 an entry, has been added this year.

Entries may be classic automobiles, hot rods or new models.

This is a family friendly event, and no alcohol or loud music will be permitted in the show area, according to fire Chief Tommy Pendley.

“This is one of our biggest events of the year,” Pendley said. “It’s getting bigger and bigger. Last year, we had 75 entries, and we’re hoping for 100 this year.”

Proceeds from the show will be used to purchase equipment and fuel to assist the fire department in protecting Chocowinity and its residents.

Trophies will be presented in several categories, including best car, best truck, top 50, best paint, best engine, best interior and sponsors’ choice, according to show chairman Charlie Elks. Fire department members will serve as judges. A fill-the-boot campaign to raise funds for muscular-dystrophy research also is planned, and a patient diagnosed with the disease will choose a favorite entry for a special award, Elks added.

As automobile enthusiasts enjoy the show, they may also purchase lunch on site. The fire department will raise funds through the sale of barbecued-chicken plates, complete with potatoes, slaw and rolls. Soft drinks and baked items prepared by members of the fire department auxiliary will be sold as well.

There will be an opportunity to do a bit of shopping, according to Regina Elks, auxiliary vice president and chairwoman of the show vendors. Among the items expected are jewelry, handbags, cosmetics, handmade crafts, children’s clothing and home-decor items.

Angels ’n’ Camo will have a booth, Elks said. That nonprofit organization raises money for area children with life-threatening illnesses, allowing them to enjoy hunting and fishing outings in Beaufort County.

Anyone interested in renting a booth during the show may register as late as the morning of the event, according to Elks. Spaces are $40 each, and all rental fees will benefit the fire department.

A raffle is planned, with lucky ticket-holders winning a lawnmower, weed trimmer and shotgun, Pendley said.

For more information about the car and truck show, contact Charlie Elks at 252-945-1248 or email charliebrownnc@yahoo.com. Inquiries regarding vendor-booth availability should be directed to Regina Elks at 252-945-0601.