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Cruisers Unlimited Car Show Is Successful

October 18, 2017
BY CHUCK CLEGG - Columnist , Wetzel Chronicle

The last weekend in October gave us two perfect days. On Saturday, mild temperatures and blue skies welcomed 305 classic cars, rat rods and trucks into the streets of New Martinsville. The display of polished cars stretched from North Street, all the way down to the Brooklyn Bridge. The cars did not stop with just those on Main Street; side avenues and parking lots also welcomed the over flow of anticipated cars.

The show was organized by Cruisers Unlimited, Inc. and has been an area tradition for the last 25 years. Throughout those years, the organization of car enthusiasts has raised funds to help those who have a special need. Children or families with large financial obligations, due to an overwhelming medical need by a member of the family, are often the recipient of the organizations fund raising car shows.

This year was no exception, and the need was great. The 25th Annual Car show decided that the son of Wendy Lough Holden of Barnesville, Ohio was to be this year's beneficiary of the fund raising event. Her son, Easton, is three-years-old and has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome along with Downs Syndrome. He has endured five heart surgeries to date. His most recent surgery had complications that have affected his kidneys. Through all his difficulties, Easton has endured and fought to survive his many challenges.

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Photo by Chuck Clegg
The Cruisers Unlimited Car Show was held in downtown New Martinsville this past weekend, on Oct. 14.

The owners who brought their cars, trucks and rat rods to town were rewarded with the presentation of 131 trophies for best of show and best in each class. But, the biggest reward was not the trophies, but the funds raised to help a young man and his mother get through a difficult time. Maybe the good weather and perfect day was a gift from above and encouraged those who came to town to enjoy themselves and be part of a worthy cause.

Events such as this are only possible due to the overwhelming support of our community. People sometimes do not realize the important part local businesses play in helping with such activities that benefit the town. This year's even raised $9,000 Most cars were accompanied by at least two people. Next, you figure that nearly 1000 people attended the event, and it quickly becomes obvious that such events are beneficial to the community and local business. Without the help of sponsors, it would be difficult to welcome benefit car shows to our town. This weekend's event was possible due to the support of Gold Sponsors such as, Wendy's, Ohio Valley Credit Union, VFW Post 9930, Classics Hits WETZ 98.1 FM & 1330 AM, Choo Choo's Restaurant, Captain Richards, New Martinsville Moose Lodge 931, Middlebourne Main Street Quick Stop, Furbee Funeral Homes, Bayer HFCU, Libby's Kids Ministries, WesBanco, Frank & Mike Toman, Cregg's Auto Repair, Tonkovich Trucking, Ohio/West Virginia Excavating, Dennis Garage, Snyder & Hassig, Grisell Funeral Home, Litman Excavating, Neil R. Marshall O.C, F.C, American Legion Marn Post 28, HLC Trucking and Precision Excavating. Sponsors often do not get any recognition for their support for such activities such as car shows, boat races, bluegrass festivals or chili festivals. If you get the chance, thank a sponsor for supporting such worthy activities that bring people into our downtown area.

The month of October has, so far, seen two events come to our downtown streets and the nearby Ohio River - the annual RegattaFest, and last weekend, the Cruisers Unlimited Car show. We can only hope that when the downtown Chili Festival comes along the last Saturday of the month, Mother Nature will be kind in the weather she brings to town. If so, we can be thankful New Martinsville has welcomed so many activities to the Main Street of our community. That's the way I see it, as I look Through the Lens...

Note: For more car show photos, check out page 8!



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