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West Fest on wheels
Annual fundraiser incorporates car show
Young men, from left, Caden Davis, Cooper Tittsworth and Cason Davis, enjoy looking at a 1951 Chevy truck belonging to Pete Gebarowski.

West Elementary PTO presented a fun and unique festival recently with the usual carnival-type games topped off with a car show.
The Show’n Up and Show’n Out show showcased over 50 vehicles of various makes and models.
All vehicles received a commemorative dash tag, and trophies were given to Top Choice, Crowd Favorite, West Wizard Kids Choice, Best Work in Progress and Coolest Custom.
“We like to have our festivities outside if we can,” said principal Michelle Lewis. “This year the PTO came up with the idea of incorporating the car show, and it has been great.”    
Oscar and Barbara Ikeard’s 1971 Chevy Cheyenne truck was acknowledged with the Top Choice award by the judges. 
Every vehicle seems to have an interesting story behind it, and Oscars’ is the fact he bought the truck 15 years earlier, and sold it five years later, only to buy it back.
“He just loves this truck,” said Barbara. “He really likes the Cheyenne.”
The couple actively supports car shows, with her learning to enjoy the process as much as her husband does.
Other winners in the car show competition were: Kid’s Choice, Brandi Harville; Crowd Favorite, Dennis Meganck; Work in Progress, Donna and Robert Anderson; and Coolest Custom, Don Hennessee.
Even though the students enjoyed looking at the car displays, and casting their vote for the West Wizard choice, they were definitely interested in the fun activities.
Carnival-type games were manned by faculty members and dotted the expansive lawn of the school. Students and children scattered about from booth to booth earning prizes for their efforts. An inflatable jump house and a dunking booth were definitely a hit with the youngsters. Food vendors provided food and drinks as needed throughout the day.
West PTO president Lincoln Talbert said, “The day went very well, actually better than expected. We incorporated the idea of a car show with the festival, and it was a success.”