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West is the word!
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Margaret Hobbs and Lacy Garrison photos “Grease” is the word, and cast members, from left, Mary Margaret Stanley, Colton Smith, Griffin Duke and Kaylee Moore provide a blast from the past as they look over a 1955 Ford station wagon belonging to Jimmy Gribble. “Grease” will be presented at the Park Theater June 7-15 as a Dream Reality Group production.

A '50s flashback came to West Elementary during the school's spring festival and Show’n Up and Show’n Out Car Show. Some of the cast from the upcoming stage production of “Grease” visited, adding a little flair.  

Collector cars, trucks and motorcycles lined the drive, providing visitors an opportunity to view the vehicles and talk to the owners about their vintage rides.  

Jimmy Gribble’s 1955 Ford station wagon was a hit with its bright yellow original color and classic lines. The sedan only has 89,000 miles and holds a special place for Gribble. 

“My wife, Cynthia, and I were both born in 1955 and I looked a long time to find this car, so it’s pretty special,” said Gribble. 

With 80 entries in the car show, each owner had a story to share. 

Roger and Judy Wagoner proudly displayed their roadster made from a 1987 Chevy pickup. Roger’s hobby is hot rod building, with this special project taking 14 years. 

“This vehicle is definitely one-of-a-kind because I build it from everything I found from under the tree,” said Roger. “There’s definitely not another one like it.”  

West PTO president Lincoln Talbert was very pleased with both the vehicle turnout and the attendance and support from the community. 

“We had a successful day, clearing over $4,000 for the school,” said Talbert. “It all goes back to the school, and we are working toward a digital sign for the school. They can run around $20,000, but we are close to making it.” 

Assorted games and an inflatable jumping house were available for the children, as well as a fully-stocked concession stand. 

Geoff Lewis took leadership of the concession stand, providing hamburgers and cheeseburgers, nachos and cheese, and grilled Boston butts to the hungry crowds. 

In an effort to raise funds, folks would purchase a chance to submit a guess in the Nuts and Bolts Game. A container was filled to the brim, with hundreds of people hoping to win one of the many awesome prizes ranging from amusement tickets, gift cards or kayaking excursions.  

With the top 15 guesses receiving prizes, Sara Rogers was the only one to get it spot-on with her guess of 236 nuts and bolts.