10/11/2017 6:29:00 PM Cars, cash roll in to boost firefighters
Ancil Cross, one of the key organizers of the Car Show portion of the Jackson Firefighters Associationís Bean Dinner/Hog Roast/Car Show held last Saturday at Manpower Park in Jackson, poses with the top three award winners. From the left, are: George Gray (Best 1985 and Older), Sidney Bumgardner (Overall Best of Show), Ancil Cross, and Marie Stephenson (Best 1985 and Newer). (Telegram Photo By Pete Wilson)
It was a successful day all the way around as the annual Jackson Firefighters Association Bean Dinner/Hog Roast/Car Show was held Saturday, Oct. 7 at Manpower Park in Jackson.
The sunny skies and unseasonably warm temperatures helped attract vehicles for the Car Show portion of the event as well as the food-service operation. As always, Ancil and Wanda Cross of Cross and Sons Farm Equipment organized the Car Show as well as the live auction, split-the-pot raffle and other related activities and turned over all the net proceeds to the Jackson Firefighters Association to benefit the Jackson Fire Department.
The Firefighters Association, with the assistance of the Jackson Area Kiwanis Club, cooks and serves the food with the proceeds going to both organizations.
The park was full of classic vehicles on a warm autumn day and Ancil Cross reported 181 vehicles had registered. He had hoped to attract 200, but he said there were a total of five different car shows happening on the same day within a 50-mile area.
Cross reported a preliminary total of $12,200 in net proceeds from the car show, auction and raffles, which makes for total proceeds of more than $126,000 for the 15 years the Crosses have conducted the event.
These figures do not include the money raised from the food-service portion of the event.
Cross thanked all the sponsors and volunteers who have supported the event through the years, including mainstays such as Don Thomas, the Doug Hayburn family, the Leonard family, Marilyn Beatty and new major volunteer, John Frisby.
A grateful Jackson Fire Chief David Channell says this year's proceeds will be used to purchase either new extrication equipment or a newer special-response vehicle.
"If it weren't for all you people," Channell said, addressing the crowd, "we couldn't do this. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart."
The top winners in the Car Show were: Best of Show Overall: Sidney Bumgardner of Williamsburg, Ky. for a 1923 Model T Ford Bucket; 1985 and Newer: Marie Stephenson for a 1998 Chevy Corvette; and 1985 and Older: George Gray for a 1971 Chevy Nova.
Another notable award, Firemen's Trophy, which was selected by the Jackson Firefighters, was presented by Fire Chief Channell and went to Jim Wallace for a 1939 Packard.
Also, Jackson Mayor Randy Heath selected and awarded the Mayor's Choice award to Keith Lyons for a 1939 Ford. Jackson County Commissioner Paul Haller, who has been a strong supporter of local veterans and one of the key organizers of the annual Buckeye Hero Hunt, presented the Buckeye Hero Hunt Award to Charlie Seymour for his 1967 Chevy Nova.
As always, all veterans who participated in the Car Show were recognized. At the start of the presentation of awards, all veterans came through the line, announced their names and branch of service, and were presented with a key chain by Mrs. Cross. Also, several cash awards were presented to Car Show participants in random drawings and door prizes were also awarded. Don Thomas won $623 in the split-the-pot raffle, but donated it back to the firefighters.
Earlier in the afternoon, auctioneer Patrick Ball presided over a live auction, which by itself raised $1,115 for the cause. Both donors and buyers made that amount possible.
Meanwhile, the firefighters and their wives, joined by the Kiwanians, cooked and served a tasty menu which featured pulled pork, bratwurst and hot dog sandwiches, beans and cornbread, desserts and beverages.
"We had great cars and great weather and an excellent group of volunteers," Channell concluded.