NASCAR legend set for Ridgely Car Show
RIDGELY — The Ridgely Car Show returns for the seventh year Sunday, Oct. 15, and NASCAR legend Richard Petty is scheduled to make his fourth appearance at the car show.
The car show will be held on Belle and Railroad streets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Petty will be signing autographs and meet with fans from
noon to 2 p.m. in front of the Ridgely Pharmacy and Ice Cream Parlor on Belle Street. The car show will be giving out 200 wristbands the day of the show to meet the NASCAR legend.
The opportunity to bring Petty to the show came about when organizers selected the Petty Family Foundation as the event’s charity in 2013. The foundation serves the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., a haven for children stricken with serious illness and injury.
Since the car show began six years ago, the event has raised more than $250,000 for charity, with the Petty Family Foundation becoming the car show’s primary charity five years ago.
Car show organizers will honor Petty by dedicating the road between the Ridgely Pharmacy and Provident State Bank as “Petty North.”
Also scheduled to appear at the car show will be “Miss Hurst” Linda Vaughn, Roy Hill, who won 28 IHRA national event victories and currently operates Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School, and Dukes of Hazzard’s star Tom Wopat. They will be signing autographs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission to the car show is free for all ages. Registration for cars, motorcycles and trucks can be done the day of the show. Gates open at 6 a.m. to show vehicles. There is a new diesel truck category for 2017.
The event also will feature live music, local vendors and activities for all ages. The musical acts Penny Pistolero, KickBack, Chris Sachs, Dust N’ Bones and The Butler & Jamison Acoustic Duo are scheduled to perform.
Car show organizers will be auctioning a signed NASCAR helmet with 43 signatures on it.
Event organizer Brenda Walls and her team got NASCAR Monster Series drivers to sign a helmet during the spring race at Dover International Speedway. The signatures include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., and NASCAR legends Bobby Allison and Petty.
The helmet will be one of many auction items at the car show along with another Richard Petty-signed helmet and a Richard Petty guitar.
The 2017 festivities begin Saturday, Oct. 14, with the second annual Tour Caroline Road Rally. The Road Rally accepts all years, makes and models of cars. To register for the Tour Caroline Road Rally, visit www. ridgelycarshow.com. Costs is $50 per vehicle.
The tour will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Guests will travel together along the scenic roads in Caroline County while stopping in several towns along the way.
The rally begins Crouse Park Visitor and Heritage Center in Denton. Cars can start arriving at 10 a.m. before the 11 a.m. departure. The tour then will take scenic roads to visit other towns in Caroline County, Preston, Federalsburg Greensboro, Goldsboro, Henderson, Marydel, Templeville, Hillsboro and ending at the Cars and Cocktails event held at Combined Technology Solutions in Ridgely.
An official tour route book is donated by Caroline County Director of Tourism Ceres Bainbridge, and will be provided to the participants to guide them along the route. It will also include historical and community information identifying interesting characteristics of Caroline County. A commemorative dash plaque will be supplied along with stickers to identify the participating cars during the weekend.
For more information about the car show, visit www.ridgelycarshow. com.
NASCAR legend Richard Petty, center, meets Macyn Dobbs and Jorryn Dobbs of Ridgely at the 2016 Ridgely Car Show.