TOWNSEND — The Townsend VFW summer car show will be wrapping up next month after its first year of holding weekly shows to benefit local veterans.
Remaining shows will be held Aug. 30 and Sept. 13. The Sept. 13 show will feature music from the local band, De-Tor, and prizes for those who have participated regularly in this summer’s shows.
The VFW held the car shows every Friday night in July and August this year. There are no winners. Instead, the show allows members of the community the chance to get together, listen to music and see some of the area’s nicest cars.
“It’s just something for people in Townsend to do on a Friday night. It’s great food, very reasonable prices, good music and for the most part, really nice weather,” said post manager Terri Roy.
Roy said the numbers of cars each week has varied, but on average there have been about 20 at each show.
“People have mostly found out about it through Facebook. It’s been a little bit of a slow start but I really expect it to pick up,” she said.
All proceeds from the sale of food and drinks go toward the post’s general relief fund, which Roy said goes directly toward helping local veterans.
“If there’s a veteran who can’t afford to pay the oil bill one month, that money could be put toward their oil bill. It’s there to help veterans in Townsend,” she said.
Each week the post also holds a 50/50 raffle, which usually pays out about $100 to both the winner and the general relief fund.
She said at the last show, door prizes will be given away, and those who have brought their car several times will have higher chances of winning prizes.
Russell Jobe, a previous commander and life member of the VFW, brought his 1996 Chevy Impala, which he said has won a few prizes at other shows.
Having a local car show, he said, provides an alternative to the bigger shows in the region with more people and higher prices.
“A lot of people don’t want to go to the big car shows. It’s just local, and it lets people know we’re still here and still open for veterans,” Jobe said.
Marc Rines and Karen Stanley, of Townsend, who brought their 1986 Alfa Romeo, agreed with Jobe’s sentiments.
“There’s not all of the hoopla here. Some of the other shows have lots of people, long lines. It’s a nice calm feeling here.”
David Sanderson came to last Friday’s show to admire the cars, particularly the ones that are mostly original.
“I build these things and I have a mutual respect for all of them,” he said. “They all have a personality, and they kind of coincide with the personality of the owner. Some are survivors, and some build hot rods.”
Tubby Boucher encouraged people to attend the last two shows of the season, emphasizing the importance of supporting community organizations.
“We need more community input because community is what makes the world go round. The VFW has always been there for everything and who can we support more than our vets?” Boucher said.