Grace Episcopal Church’s annual car and truck show in The Plains had humble beginnings, but this year’s event could attract a record number of vehicles and plenty of foot traffic with all sorts of activities for families.
The fundraiser will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at 6507 Main St. The rain date is August 12.
It all started in July 2015, when the church held a community picnic in July.
“It was a real success,” said Richard Asher of Broad Run, a Grace Church member and a co-chairman of this year’s event. “There was barbecue, a moon bounce and eight display cars.”
The event drew 62 vintage vehicles in 2016.
“Last year, we had cars and trucks from Fairfax to Winchester to Front Royal,” said co-chairman Paul Smith, also a Grace Church member and Haymarket resident. “The word has spread about our show being a fundraiser for the church. If it’s dry, we’ll park them on the grass.”
Grace has a big gravel parking lot, with plenty of large oak shade trees and grassy areas close to the century-old stone church. Show officials anticipate as many as 100 classic cars and trucks next month.
Registration will be $20 per vehicle, only on the day of the show. Cars can start arriving at 8 a.m. Halfway residents Herbie Waddell and his wife Sandra again will coordinate the registration of display cars and trucks.