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Back to The Strip Night back for third year
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It’s that time of year again! Time to wax your vehicles and rev up your motors to ride The Strip.
The third Back to The Strip Night is set for Saturday, May 3. So far it’s raised over $25,000 the first two years for Meals on Wheels. Over 6,000 pounds of food has also been donated.
Traffic the first two years was bumper-to-bumper as cars inched along Smithville Highway before making the traditional turn at Village Car Wash. A full loop up and down the strip took about an hour. For many local residents, it was an hour full of memories as cars inched their way along The Strip with motorists yelling at and waving to friends.
A change in this year’s program is the move of the car show from Foodland Plus parking lot to the Warren County Fairgrounds beginning at 10 a.m. All make and models, both original and modified, are invited to participate in this year’s car show.
Entry fees are set at $10 for advance entry by May 2 at Custom Vinyl Signs, 2329 Faulkner Springs Road, or $15 the day of the show.
Organizer Chris Terry said, “We needed more room. This event has grown and grown and we needed more room for our car show. We have also added food and booth vendors this year. Right now we have between 15 and 20 confirmed vendors. They will be selling all types of food and craft items. We will have a bouncy house for the kids. Admission is free. The only thing we ask is to please donate to Meals on Wheels.”
Booth spaces are still available. Booths are 10 foot by 10 foot and cost $50.
Terry said the event will move from the fairgrounds to Foodland Plus parking lot at 5 p.m.
The top 25 car show winners will move to reserved spots at the front row in the Foodland Plus parking lot.
“All other spots are first come, first serve,” said Terry. “We are trying to improve every year. We raised $8,200 our first year and right at $20,000 last year. We hope to raise over $20,000 again this year. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy an entire day of fun.”
T-shirts have been a big each year of the fundraiser and are being sold again this year. The shirts are available for $12.50 in either pink and charcoal gray. Shirts may be purchased at Custom Vinyl, 2329 Faulkner Springs Road or will be available Saturday while supplies last.
Meals on Wheels appreciates all canned donations but the larger commercial cans are greatly needed. Terry said Meals on Wheels welcomes all donations but would rather not receive cans of mixed vegetables.
“The people at Meals on Wheels said they cannot do anything to change the taste of the mixed vegetables. They said the vegetables in those mixed vegetables cans all taste the same,” said Terry.
 Donations of canned fruits and vegetables as well as dry goods such as rice, oatmeal, flour, corn meal, dried beans and all kinds of pasta are appreciated. Meals on Wheels will also accept salad dressing, BBQ sauce, spaghetti sauce, and all tomato products, including paste, puree and tomato juice.
 Monetary donations are always appreciated.
 For more information, contact Mary Walker at Custom Vinyl Signs, 668-3372, or Chris Terry at 607-1105.