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Love of kids fuels Hometown Heroes toy drive and auto show in Marble Falls

Brandon Dilworth (left) and Sterling Hahn are the founders of Hometown Heroes toy drive and auto show. Courtesy photo

MARBLE FALLS — Sterling Hahn and Brandon Dilworth combined their love of trucks and children to create the Hometown Heroes toy drive and auto show with one purpose: to ensure less-fortunate children have Christmas presents.

Now in its fifth year, the event is 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Charley Taylor Rodeo Arena, located south of Marble Falls at 100 Rodeo Drive off U.S. 281. Awards will be given out 8 a.m.-noon Sunday.

The fee to enter a truck, car, or motorcycle is $30 or an unopened toy, while admission for spectators is $5 or an unopened toy.

“(Hahn and Dilworth) saw a need,” volunteer consultant Jeff Sellers said. “They have a big heart for kids.”

Musical entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m. when Faith Academy of Marble Falls graduate Hannah Starr takes the stage followed by Ransom Rhodes. Starr attended Belmont University in Nashville, where she studied music.

So why are car shows and toy drives the perfect combination?

“(Car enthusiasts) all love kids,” Jeff Sellers said. “I think that’s the attraction. People come out and support kids. You want to have an event with a cause. And make it a community event, and everyone has an opportunity to help out.”

Last year’s event drew 400 vehicle owners and 1,000 spectators.

“They come from all over,” Sellers said. “It started off as mini-truck (shows), then progressed to large 4x4s. Now it’s lots of cars from the 1950s to brand new cars and trucks and extremely customized bikes.”

Sellers said the attraction to the show is that parents can take their families out and look at the mechanical workings of vehicles.

“Kids love it,” he said. “Also, it’s an opportunity for people participating to help out kids.”

For sponsorships or more information, call Sellers at (830) 613-8926.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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