By Joel Spears
Staff Writer | (email@example.com
STRIGGERSVILLE-Memorial Day weekend thousands of guests and hundreds of classic cars are expected to return to Otis and Kathy Eldridge's Memory Lane for the Fifth Annual Random Rods Car Club Show and Celebration.
"We just want everybody to come out and have a good time," Gale Collier, president of Random Rods Car Club, said. "For a small town this is a pretty big thing." Last year, the Memorial Day celebration drew an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 people from 13 states.
This year, a portion of the proceeds made at Memory Lane will benefit the American Cancer Society's Hawkins County Relay For Life. Proceeds from food sales will benefit the Striggersville Volunteer Fire Department.
"Everything financial that we take in goes somewhere else," Collier noted. "We are a non-profit organization."
Entertainment will include a variety of prizes, music, food, and various attractions offered at Memory Lane such as Creekside Church, the General Store and Studebaker Diner. Classic car registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27 at Memory Lane off Caney Creek Road. Cars must be pre-1980 to enter and there is a $15 day-of-show registration fee.
More than 180 cars have pre-registered for the upcoming show, according to Collier.
At 1:30 p.m. Bristol native Bridgette Cummings will sing her own blend of rock-n-roll standards, followed by the Gospel quartet Led By Christ at 3 p.m.
The band My Deception will perform hits from the 1950s and 60s at 4:30 p.m. and awards for registered cars will be presented by Random Rods at 6 p.m.
Popular Elvis impersonator Tim Seaton will put on his blue suede shoes for a performance at 8 p.m. and at 8:55 p.m. a movie will be shown at the drive-in, so bring a lawn chair. Knoxville's DJ KOTO, "King of the Oldies," will be spinning out the oldies throughout the day.
Otis Eldridge, owner of Memory Lane, said there were more than 600 entries in the car show last year. "Random Rods is expecting around 600 cars here again this year," he added, "but we're just wanting everybody to have fun. All the work is worth a few smiles and flashbacks."
For more information about "Cruising Down Memory Lane" those interested can visit the Web site located at http://www.randomrods.com
or call Collier at (423) 272-6154.