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Burnet car show raising money for Main Street Baptist ministry

The Rev. Jerry White shows off his 1950 Mercury outside Main Street Baptist Church in Burnet. The church, which includes several car lovers in its congregration, is hosting the Main Street Custom Car and Hot Rod Show from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond. There’s no charge for folks to check out the vehicle. The event is a fundraiser to help the church purchase a building for its family life center. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

BURNET — Cars have a way of bringing people together, especially hot rods. And that’s exactly what the Rev. Jerry White and his Main Street Baptist Church congregation hope will happen when the Main Street Custom Car and Hot Rod Show rolls into town.

The church is hosting the event from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, 1601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281). There is no charge for the public to check out the hot rods, classics and custom vehicles.

“What we’re trying to do is raise money to purchase the building directly behind the church, which used to be used for the Meals on Wheels and other things,” White said. “We want to turn it into a community kitchen, and it will become our family life center.”

The show idea grew from his and other congregation members’ interest in classic cars and hot rods.

“My family are car enthusiasts,” White said. “We have a lot of old cars and hot rods. But we also have a lot of members who have classics and hot rods and are just big car enthusiasts themselves.”

White owns a 1950 Mercury.

It costs $20 to enter a vehicle in the show. Exhibitors get a T-shirt and a goodie bag.

Organizers have lined up several other activities during the event, including Hot Wheels racing. Kids can pick out a Hot Wheels or other toy car and race it on a track. And they might even get to take home their Hot Wheels car.

And if your car or truck needs a little something, there will be a man on hand doing pinstriping. White said the artist has several designs himself but will also work with the vehicle owner to come up with one for their car or truck.

“He’ll do it right there on the spot,” White said.

For the food eating competitor, step up and see if you have what it takes to be crowned Moon Pie champion.

There also will be snow cones, face painting, a silent auction, door prizes and a bounce house.

“We think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” White said. “So come on out and enjoy the cars.”

Call (512) 588-9099 for more information.

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