The car, bike and tractor show will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the airport located on North Airport Road in Jasper. Vehicle registration will begin at 8 a.m. that morning.
Deb McLemore, the school’s bookkeeper, started the event four years ago while brainstorming different ideas of a creative way to host a school fundraiser.
“I actually came up with this idea because of my dad, who is passed away now. I grew up going to car shows with him, and he restored antique cars that my children have now,” McLemore said. “All of these guys that are in this car club [Central Alabama Rodders Society] were his friends. They used to have a car show out there at the old airport when it was called The Midnight Riders’ Association. They did a car show every year, and they gave the money away to charity.”
McLemore said the location for the event is ideal because all of the vehicles can be displayed on the runway for the public to view. Last year, McLemore said the show brought approximately 140 vehicles and about 400 or more in attendance. The entire day should be filled with treats and fun for the entire family, she added.
“We’ve got something for everybody. It’s our big fundraiser for the year,” McLemore said. “... We’re just trying to make it a fun day for the whole community and help raise money for the school to help our students out.”
The car show and family fun day will consist of a number of festivities, including an area for children with inflatables, horse rides and a face-painting clown. McLemore said they will be selling $5 armbands for the kids. There also will be vendor booths selling various crafts and clothing. For those who are interested in setting up a booth, McLemore said space is still available for $10 per booth.
Concessions will be selling hotdogs, drinks, barbecue and fried pies. For entertainment, local dance group the Sassy Stompers will be performing. Chances will be sold on a new TV that will be given away as well. The cost to register a vehicle in the show is $20. Admission is free to the public.
“Our main goal is, like I said, for all the proceeds to go and benefit the school and the students here. But, we also want to bring something to the community that will give the family a good outing,” McLemore said. “Something they can come to and something affordable they can bring their children to, have a good time and see all the cars.”
If the weekend calls for inclement weather, the event will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date.
McLemore said the annual event would not be possible without help from the Central Alabama Rodders Society in Jasper.
“The men in this car club are really great to help and work with the young people,” she said. “I think it’s a good thing, and I enjoy it. ... It’s just about having fun and bringing the families together and giving them something to do together.”
West Jasper Elementary School Principal Rita Pilling is looking forward to Saturday and hopes it will bring members of the community out in support of the school and its students.
“We hope the community will come out and support West Jasper school, and we appreciate the community involvement,” Pilling said. “A lot of our local businesses have contributed to West Jasper school and the car show. There are still opportunities available for businesses or local community members to get involved. We would just love for them to be involved with the great things going on at West Jasper Elementary School.”
For more information or if you would like to register a vehicle or purchase a booth, you may contact McLemore at (205) 275-0216 or call the elementary school at (205) 384-4311.