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Boykins Auxilary revving up for car show

Fundraiser assists fire department

BOYKINS

Is it too soon to get your classic or antique car or pickup looking mint for next months’s car show? That’s your call, really. Either way, considered yourself notified if you want to exhibit your chariot at the Boykins Ladies Auxiliary Car Show.

This year, the event is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the lot across from Boykins Baptist Church. While it’s on the same day at the Pumpkin Festival, they are not technically connected.

“We’re the ones that put it on,” said Sandy Peden, who’s been president of the fire department’s auxiliary for 15-plus years. The group uses that show and bingo. “The money we make we use. Our funds pay for supplies for the volunteer fire department. Water, Gatorade and nabs are supplied on a call. But we also provide blankets and towels and stuff — any supplies to help in a fire or other situation, such as a wreck. They [the firefighters] have to ask us to come.”

The fee to show off your antique or classic car then and there is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Mail payments to Peyden at 18321 Commerce St., Boykins, VA 23877.

“We’ll take anything in the way of cars or pickups,” said Gomer Cooke, who works with Peden on the show.

He himself has a Ford Galaxy that came out midway through 1963.

“I’ve had it for 40 years,” Cooke said. “Bought it (“Nearly perfect) when I was young in Emporia. Paid a $1,000 for it — that was a lot of money back then. I’ve also got a 2000 pickup that has only 33,000 miles.”

He said that about 20 years needs to pass for a vehicle to be considered a classic, and about the same for a one to be deemed an antique.

Cooke added, “Everyone gets a trophy,” and those will be awarded at 3 p.m.

For more information about the show, call Peden at 757-653-7147, or Cooke at 757-653-1467.