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Anticipation Grows for Edgefield's 1st Annual Cruise-In on the Square

Staff Report
web posted July 7, 2014

EDGEFIELD Calling all antique and classic car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts!! The Town of Edgefield and the Edgefield Community Development Association, along with local dealerships and merchants, will sponsor the first-ever Cruise-in on the Edgefield Town Square on Saturday, July 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. Owners wanting to show off their vehicles are invited to come and meet other car owners and club members, talk shop talk and exchange ideas, and show support for the various clubs and sponsors of the event.

"Don't have a vehicle?" said Beth Padgett, creator of the event. "Come anyway, and enjoy the sights and meet all sorts of knowledgeable people. Refreshments will be served and local eateries will be open for business. You're guaranteed to have a good time."

The Edgefield Civic League will serve spaghetti suppers for $7 apiece from 4 to 7 p.m. in front of the Lynch Building. Tickets are available at the Tompkins Library Welcome Center, Mercantile Funeral Home and First Citizens Bank. Some will be available that day, also. Call the Welcome Center at 803-637-4010.

In keeping with the event, WKSX will be playing oldies via live remote. A 50/50 drawing will also be held.

Those in charge of the event are asking those with vehicles who are participating in the event to park on the Square. Spectators are asked to park outside the Square area. The event will be held rain or shine.

Padgett, who is owner of The House Next Door Gift and Antique Shop, is a 14-year member of The Casual Corvette Club of the CSRA and a long-time car enthusiast. She said the love of classic and antique cars was handed down to her from her father, the late Tiny Black of Trenton. Padgett owns a 1968 Corvette Convertible and a 1982 Corvette Coupe, "I recently bought my Dad's car, a 1964 Park Lane Marauder Mercury, from my sister," she said. "I'm so excited! I'm going to fix it up. I can't wait to get started!"

For about 11 years, Padgett held a get-together at her home every summer for the Casual Corvettes, with member coming from Augusta, North Augusta, Grovetown, Aiken and other places in the CSRA.

"It just grew and grew until we outgrew it," she said. "At our last get-together, there were 42 cars present."

The club also has cruise-ins at Sonic, Sno-Cap and other places of business.
This summer, Padgett has decided, with the help of many others, to take the event downtown and include all classic and antique vehicles, not just Corvettes and not just cars. She is hoping for 100 or more vehicles.

Another purpose of the event, said Padgett, is to draw people into the town and to showcase what Edgefield has to offer.

"We want to promote Edgefield in a different way," she said. "Many people are not aware of the shops and talent displayed in Edgefield, not to mention the good food. And the history involved!This will give people an idea of what the town has to offer people."

Doug Timmerman, president of the 50-member Greenwood Corvette Club, will bring about 15 cars to the cruise-in.

"Corvette owners like to have fun," he said. "I've been meeting with Beth and trying to get our club and the Antique Car Association to bring cars to the cruise-in. It (the event) is a grand idea and will be beneficial to the community, especially car owners and car lovers."

The Greenwood Corvette Club was founded in 2006 and has members from Abbeville, Laurens, Clinton, Hodges and Edgefield. Most meetings are in Greenwood and members enjoy car shows, cruise-ins, day trips and local events in the upstate area. They meet the third Tuesday of every month. For further information on the club, go to greenwoodcorvetteclub.weebly.com.

Jeff Parsons of Aiken has a 1964 Pontiac GTO, a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am (the first production for both) and a 1999 Pontiac Trans Am 30th anniversary edition. He is planning to bring the 1999 Trans Am to the event that day. He considers himself a big car enthusiast, having been in Carlisle, Pa. for the 20th GM Nationals in June.
"It was the 50th anniversary of the GTO," he said. "There is more enthusiasm for this sort of thing in the northeast. I lived in West Virginia before I came here."

Parsons said he will be helping with parking and other things the day of the cruise-in and has been trying to promote the event by handing out flyers and spreading the word.

He said annual cruise-ins such as this one have been successful in other towns--Washington,Ga., for instance--and he doesn't see why it wouldn't work in Edgefield.
"I'm hoping this will help the economy in Edgefield," he said. "It's such a nice little town."

Other sponsors of the event include the National Wild Turkey Federation, Jim Satcher Ford, Pendarvis Chevrolet, Herlong Chevrolet-Buick, Crouch Hardware, Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop, Carolina Moon Distillery, Bluegrass Materials, Edgefield Quarry, Carolina Machine Shop, Reel Insurance Agency, Mercy Me!, The Edgefield Trading Company and The Edgefield Advertiser.

For further information on the event, call (803) 637-4600.

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