By Eligiah Thornton
Leicester – Attendees to the Clyde A. Erwin High School Car and Craft show enjoyed a nostalgic look at days gone by Saturday, September 7th. This glimpse into the past was for a good cause and is the brainchild of Sherry Buckner, the Vice President of the Erwin High Warrior Pride Marching Band Boosters and mother of two students in the marching band at Erwin High.
The car show itself was added two years ago while the craft show has been a long-standing fund raiser for the marching band. “We love cars,” said Sherry, “So, why not use what we love to raise money for the band.”
The Buckner family entered a few of their own classic beauties this year, including a classically- restored Ford. When asked how she was able to get all of these classic cars and a few modern mind-blowing automobiles to join the cause she responded, “ We sent out fliers and made phone calls to parents. The community really comes together when it is for a good cause.”
Trophies were awarded to the winners of the car show in several categories, including one for the oldest, the newest, and the “Best of Show.”
Tickets for voting on the winners were purchased and dropped into the buckets in front of each car. Each ticket represented a dollar amount that will be donated to the band. The cost to enter a vehicle was $15, but it was free to just walk around and look at all the rolling engineering art.
Amy Davis, the President of the Erwin Booster Club, was also on-site and working hard to organize craft and food vendors for the event that was held from 8 am until 2 pm. Along with popcorn, hot dogs, hamburgers, peanuts and even Texas Road House. She was overseeing the free bouncy houses and free face painting for the kids. Raffle tickets were also sold, with prizes such as a Vera Bradley bag, smoke alarms, a fully packed maintenance bucket for your car and the grand prize… a Land Rover Excursion donated by Biltmore of Asheville.
Craft vendors also came out in support for the band. Caitlin Fletcher, of Ta-Da Creations, brought her hand-made flowers to sell and are sure to be all the rage in the craft world. Jeff Anders brought beautifully crafted tables made out of old car wheels that were undoubtedly fitting for the event. Along with these artisans, painters and jewelers were there such as Hannah Cloninger, who was setting up a table for her handcrafted jewelry in support of her cousin who attends the high school.
If you love cars and crafts, this is an annual event you don’t want to miss. The event is all due to the kindness of the community and the hard work of the students and these two band moms.