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Car show to raise funds for Miracle League

COVINGTON — If you want to help make a miracle, you've got your chance on Saturday, Aug. 7.

The Miracle League of Newton County is hosting the "Let's Make a Miracle Car and Bike Show" from noon to 5 p.m. at Turner Lake Complex. Proceeds will help build a baseball field for mentally and/or physically challenged children.

"This car show is open to all cars and motorcycles," said Lanier Sims, a member of the Miracle League Building Committee and organizer of the car show. "If you can drive it there, you're welcome to come."

Sims organized the Cars of the Past car show on the Square last year for the Rotary Club of Covington, which raised about $7,000 for the Miracle League. He decided this year, the organization should have its own show. He hopes to have about 100 vehicles on display.

"We should have a lot of beautiful cars and there's plenty of shade at Turner Lake, so it won't be extremely hot on us out there," he said.

Registration will take place the day of the event. The registration fee is $20. Admission is free to the public but donations will be accepted.

Awards will be given for the top 50 vehicles and in the best of show in 10 different classes, for a total of 60 trophies. There will also be moonwalks for children, entertainment and food vendors such as Chick-fil-A and Waffle House.

Sims hopes this will be the first car show of many to benefit the field.

"It's something I'm planning on doing for years to come, even after the field is built, to make money to help with expenses and running the field," he said.

For more information on the car show, call 404-787-2852; visit www.CovingtonCarShow.com; or e-mail covingtoncarshow@gmail.com.

More than $100,000 has been raised for the Miracle Field thus far and construction documents are currently under way, according to Miracle League Consultant Tamara Richardson. The project will cost an estimated $1.7 million to complete.