Last Saturday, local law enforcment sponsored a car show at the Holly Springs Shopping Center to benefit Shop with a Cop. Car enthusiasts from all around gathered in the parking lot in front of the old Wal-Mart store to show off their prized selections. On-lookers were likely to find anything from old hot-rods to more contemporary models.
Organizer and part-time deputy Nick Lofthouse was proud of the turnout at the inaugural show which saw around 78 vehicles on display.
“We didn't really think we would have this big of a response, but people really turned out for it,” said Lofthouse. “We're definitely going to have to plan another one next year.”
According to Lofthouse, the event took off thanks to the many people who sponsored the event and volunteered their time to help out during the day.
“We had a raffle and awards for different categories, but there were also people from all over the town who gave their time to make sure everything went well,” he said. “Guys from local fire departments and EMS were on hand just in case anything did go wrong, but we're thankful that it didn't.”
The Shop with a Cop program has been a staple in Macon County for years with local children being given the opportunity to participate in a shopping trip with a local law enforcement officer during the Christmas season.
“We ended the day with a $2,373 profit,” said Lofthouse. “Basically, each given $100 to spend, so this upcoming year, we're going to be able to add about 23 kids. That's great. It's worth the work.”
Donations were accepted along with a $10 entrance fee for automobiles being shown. Notable awards went to Teresa Holbrooks for Best in Show and Jerry Stillwell for Highest Horse Power and in the surprise of the day, Macon County's EMS ambulance won the best SUV award. It happened to be the only vehicle in the category.