By Kelly Roberts
Back to the Strip organizers Mary Walker and Chris Terry invite everyone to hit the road on Saturday, Aug. 8, to help support the Meals on Wheels program in Warren County.
Back to the Strip, typically held the first Saturday in May, was postponed due to the restrictions on large gatherings due to COVID-19.
“We are tentatively scheduling Aug. 8, pending no other restrictions are put in place by the governor,” said Terry. “We are here to help people, not hurt them, and we will take every precaution to ensure the safety of our community.”
The annual Back to the Strip event started in 2012 after Terry finished restoring his brother’s truck and made a social media post asking if anyone would like to join him on a trip down memory lane by making a few laps on The Strip.
The post spread and offers to ride The Strip came pouring in, quickly turning a meeting between a few friends into a full-scale event with hundreds of shares, likes, and comments.
Not long after the announcement, organizers realized they had an opportunity to turn this into something that would benefit the community while honoring the memory of Chris’ brother. They decided Meals on Wheels, a local organization started in 1977 to feed the elderly of Warren County at their home, would be the best fit for their mission and encouraged people to participate by sponsoring and donating nonperishable food items. Eight events later, Back to the Strip has raised over $250,000 in monetary donations and shared over 40,000 pounds of canned goods with those in need.
Aside from the date, another change for 2020 will be the car show, which was originally scheduled to be held downtown and then moved to Tim’s Motors. The car show has now been canceled due to conflicts with another event.
“The only date we had available for our event was also the same day as Blaine Wilcher’s annual car show for Kids of the Community and we do not want to take away from their goals so we decided to cancel that portion of our fundraiser,” said Terry.
Organizers of Back to the Strip would like to encourage people to attend the car show held at Champion Chevrolet during the day and then come out and support Meals on Wheels that evening.
If you cannot make to the annual ride, canned goods and monetary donations are being accepted until Aug. 8 at Custom Vinyl and Signs, Tim’s Motors, and United Diamond Brokers.