Father's Day Car Show serves as a fundraiser and a way to say 'thanks'

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BENNINGTON — The Stateline Car Club hosted its annual Father's Day Car Show at the Vermont Veterans' Home on Saturday.

"We've done [the car show] for seven years and we do it for the vets, as a way to thank them on Father's Day," Karen Walsh, of Stateline, explained. "It started off small and has grown over the years."

Although admission for the show was free, and it was free to enter a car, the event serves as a fundraiser for the Veteran's Home. Tickets were available for purchase for the chance to win prizes. Profits made from the day's festivities were given directly to the Veterans' Home to help support the residents.

Michele Burgess, activities director at the Veterans' Home and one of the event coordinators, estimated roughly 1,000 people showed up. Walsh reported that about 130 vehicles were stationed across the Veterans' Home lawn.

Many of these vehicles came from other car clubs. New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and even Connecticut license plates could be spotted throughout the show.

Hoods were pulled up, revealing not a trace of wear on the important components of the cars. Some of the cars had memorials for loved ones who had served in the military.

The car show welcomed vehicles of any age range. Some newer models could be found weaved in next to older generations.

Burgess explained that many of the cars and their owners had returned from previous years. Some had been to all seven years of the show. They return every year because of the vets.

"The veterans love it," Burgess said. "Many family members come to visit and the staff helps get the veterans outside."

Veteran David Schultheis, of Manchester, was out from the early morning enjoying the weather and the car show with his wife Lisa. His son David and his wife Joanie were also spending the day with him. The couple came all the way from Grand Forks, North Dakota to celebrate Father's Day.

"The minute spring hits, the residents ask if [the car show] is coming," Walsh explained.

A Bike Nite hosted by the Bennington International Motorcycle Club will be held on July 8, from 4 to 8 p.m., at the Vermont Veterans' Home. Different types of motorcycles will be parked at the facility for viewing.

A Vet's Run will also be held by the group on July 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bennington Chamber of Commerce. It is a benefit ride to honor those who have served. For more information visit www.bimcvt.org.

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