NASCAR le­gend set for Ridgely Car Show

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

NASCAR le­gend Richard Petty, cen­ter, meets Ma­cyn Dobbs and Jor­ryn Dobbs of Ridgely at the 2016 Ridgely Car Show.

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