Hiram – Car lovers, you won’t need to go far to get your gear head fix. That’s because the annual car show hits the streets in Hiram this weekend, bringing area car enthusiasts together for a chance to show off their vehicles, chat with others enthusiasts, and possible win a trophy.
This annual event is a fundraiser for the Hiram and Garrettsville Police Departments’ “Shop with a Cop” program, which hosts underprivileged children from both Crestwood and Garfield School Districts, funding a Christmas shopping event. The children Christmas shop for themselves and their families while accompanied by local officers. Volunteers help the kids wrap their gifts, and lunch is provided for the children and their families afterwards. According to Hiram Police Sargeant Brian Gregory, “This program provides Christmas for families that otherwise wouldn’t have one due to financial hardships and strains.” The program is funded solely by donations and events, including the annual Car Show.
While attending the Car Show is free for everyone, the Departments will be accepting donations to benefit Shop with a Cop. In addition to fabulous hot rod, antique cars, and trucks on display, the day will include a 50/50 raffle and music provided by a DJ. Bring your family out to enjoy mouth-watering barbeque from Rolling Smoke BBQ and plenty of family fun, too. The Car Show takes place on Saturday, August 5th on Hayden and Dean Streets in Hiram from 9 am until 3 pm.
While you’re at it, mark your calendar for the HPD’s next event, the Fill a Police Car food drive and pet adoption event on Saturday, August 12th. At last year’s event, over 600 pounds of nonperishable food were collected for the local food pantry, and over 350 pounds of pet food was donated for the Portage County Animal Protective League.
At this year’s event, Garrettsville Patrolman Keith Whan will conduct a demonstration with his K-9 partner, Jack. There will also be many pet adoption organizations on hand, providing interested attendees with an opportunity to adopt a pet. And due to the success of last year’s event, the Hiram Parks Committee will also be hosting a community garage sale in conjunction with the event. The main event will take place at the Rosser Municipal Building, with satellite garage sales taking place throughout the village of Hiram. Please contact the station for more information.