Chris Terry just wanted to ride The Strip.
Little did he know a Facebook posting about reliving his teenage years would explode into a major fundraiser, complete with T-shirt sales and live music from Cody McCarver.
Ride The Strip Night is set for next Friday, April 20, beginning around 5 p.m. at the Foodland Plus parking lot. McCarver will perform around 7 p.m., with riding The Strip to take place all night.
“Last year we did something with the old folks where we all went roller skating,” said Terry, 41. “This year I’ve been working on putting my brother’s old truck back together so I decided to call Brad Bolding to see if he wanted to get together and ride The Strip like we used to do in the old days. He said sure, so I posted it on Facebook and it absolutely blew up. Now we have 428 people who say they’re going to be there.”
Added Bolding, “We didn’t intend for it to be this big. We just wanted to ride The Strip.”
It’s turned into a fundraiser for Meals on Wheels with over 100 sponsors already on board. T-shirts will be sold for $10.
In addition, canned food items will be accepted for Meals on Wheels, which feeds 172 local residents five days a week.
Terry encourages anyone who wants to support Meals on Wheels to show up for the event. A classic car is not required. He says a friendly Facebook rivalry has developed between the old-timers and today’s teens.
“They have started their own thing and say they’re going to show us how to ride The Strip the real way,” said Terry. “We’re just a bunch of old folks. We’ll probably make a few laps and it will be time to get to bed.”