Thousands turn out for annual southern W.Va. charity auto fair

By in News | July 14, 2019 at 11:36AM

BEAVER, W.Va. — Hundreds of specialty cars, thousands of people, and cooperative weather all came together to make the 15th Annual Friends of Charity Auto Fair at the Raleigh County Memorial Airport a success, according to organizers.

The two-day event, formerly the Friends of Coal Auto Fair, featured muscle cars, hot rods, classics, antiques, motorcycles, tuners, and trucks, along with arts and crafts vendors, booths from local businesses, and plenty of carnival-style food, with proceeds benefiting Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

Public Relations Director Tim Carrico said the work of hundreds of volunteers over a period of several months is essential to making the fair enjoyable for attendees and supporters, each year.

“We plan, starting around Halloween, and then we build up to this. We meet constantly, trying to prepare and better this show, year after year,” Carrico told MetroNews. “It’s not just folks at Hospice of Southern West Virginia but the steering committee members. It’s made up fully of volunteers. These are people that do not make a dime off of this event. They just come out to show support for a wonderful charity and raise as much money as they can.”

This year’s fair concluded with an early evening concert Saturday by West Virginia’s own¬†Taylor Made, followed by headliner and Grammy nominee Ryan Hurd, best-known for his singles “To A T” and “Diamonds or Twine.”

Hospice of Southern West Virginia provides services to terminally ill patients in Raleigh, Summers, Fayette and Wyoming counties, and is a community partner of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Beckley.

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