Beginning this Saturday, a local community initiative seeks to fire up the engine on a new tradition that could benefit citizens in need for years to come.
On June 29, the Richmond County Community Support Group (RCCSG), partnering with the Pony Riders Mustang Club, will hold its first-ever Car, Truck and Bike Show.
Celia Newton, of RCCSG, said she came up with the idea for the show in talking with her son Cornell, who is a member of the Pony Riders- a local car club.
“He took it back to his group, and they said…they would gladly do it for us,” said Newton.
The show will feature gospel music as well as variety of trucks, motorcycles and cars, particularly Mustangs.
Newton said that vehicles from as far as Northern Virginia and Maryland will be on display.
Kelvin Johnson, of the Pony Riders noted that there would also be plenty of food for visitors to
enjoy, from hot dogs and hamburgers to French fries and crab cakes.
Newton said the show will also include a sliding board and bounce houses for children to enjoy.
The proceeds from the show will benefit local families and individuals who are enduring financial hardship.
“We’re just trying to do something to help somebody else,” said Newton, adding that she anticipates a “nice gathering of people” at the community event.
“I think everybody’s going to enjoy themselves,” said Newton.
Newton said that the support group, a 501c3 organization that was founded in Sept. 2006, has assisted over 50 families in the community with utility bills, rent and other necessities.
The RCCSG has held a variety of fundraisers over the past six years, including dinners and gospel events.
The support group has also provided assistance to Northern Neck Electric Cooperative and Dominion Power Virginia.
Newton mentioned that the individuals involved in the RCCSG are members from different churches within the Richmond County area.
“We all decided we were going to come together and get this group going,” said Newton, who added that anyone who wanted to support her organization or make a donation can contact her at 804-394-4500.
The Car, Truck and Bike Show will be held Friday, June 29 on the old Richmond County Fairgrounds on the Rte. 3 bypass in Warsaw from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.