As many as 400 vehicles are expected at the Chewelah City Park on Saturday, Aug. 4 for the Rev It Up for the Vets car show to recognize all military veterans and those currently serving.
The benefit event, hosted by the Blue Angels Car Club, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project, a national charity that provides awareness and help to injured service members including those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Organizer David Bergman said there are two goals for this project: to give to a good charity and give the community a chance to thank veterans personally.
A lot of people talk a lot about how much they appreciate the veterans, Bergman said, but do not always do anything to show that support.
“(At the event) they can shake their hands and thank them,” he said. “That’s the objective.”
They have a goal to raise at least $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project by hosting the car and motorcycle show that has turned into a large community event.
For $10, anyone can park their vehicle of choice in the park, and veterans are especially encouraged to participate. Their cars will be clearly identified with permission of the owner so people know who they can thank.
Bergman said they just want to get as many people to participate as possible to raise as much money as they can. He expects at least 300-400 cars and entries can range from rare, classic cars, to a “$200 Honda Civic,” he said.
Both sides of the park will be used as well as three blocks of East Lincoln Street that have been closed off for overflow. Cars are allowed to arrive anytime during the day.
In addition to the car show, there will be several other activities taking place throughout the day including live music by local band Visibly Shakin’ beginning at 10 a.m. and a veteran recognition ceremony “kick-off event” at Noon.
An honor guard based out of Spokane will present the colors and Jenkins High School Junior Emily Rusher will sing the National Anthem. Veterans will be recognized and someone will be present to speak about the Wounded Warrior Project as well. Bergman said at the end of the ceremony all show participants will start their cars at once to “Rev It Up” for the vets.
Other activities include drawings, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, hot wheels races, and valve cover races. There will also be a booth set up with information on the Wounded Warrior Project and a place for writing letters to those currently serving overseas.
Additionally, the Chewelah American Legion Post is hosting a barbecue and the Tri County Veteran Stand Down organization is serving red, white, and blue shortcake.
Multiple non-profit organizations and other car clubs are working with the Blue Angels to make this event possible. Anyone not raising money solely for the Wounded Warrior Pojrect will be clearly identified. The Blue Angels are also accepting private donations toward the charity and have already raised $500 prior to the event.
Although the main event is a car and motorcycle show, Bergman said that is just a “vessel” to raise money for the charity. There will be no trophies or judges, however the first 200 cars will receive goodie bags.
Bergman said it would cost money to have trophies and they did not want to have to use any money they raise for those kinds of expenses.
“It also puts the focus on vets and people who have served,” he said.
A picture slideshow of the entire event will be available on DVD following the show.
For more information, email Bergman at nova-maniac@ hotmail.com or call 509-936-2154.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: The Chewelah City Park is a popular venue for classic car shows. This photo was taken last August during the annual James
Dean Days hosted by the Wanderers Auto Club. They discontinued the show after 20 years in Chewelah. Jared Arnold photo