Miracle League Car and Bike Show set for Aug. 3 in Newton County

COVINGTON — It’s time for the fourth annual Miracle League Car and Bike Show and organizers are issuing the challenge, “Let’s make a Miracle.” And given the state of the weather recently, sunshine may require the first miracle of the day as the area has recorded in excess of 41 inches of rain so far in 2013.

“We’re hoping for SUNSHINE given last year’s tropical storm that hit us,” said Tamara Richardson, consultant for The Miracle League of Newton County.

The clear skies are hoped for on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Turner Lake Recreation Complex where the show will be held. As in years past, Lanier Sims will be coordinating the event for Miracle League and it will feature all makes and models of cars and motorcycles, not just classic cars.

Sims said judges will pick the top 50 cars and bikes and from that selection the 10 best will be selected from various categories. The categories of competition include Ford, Chevy, Mopar, Truck, Original, Custom, Late Model, Best Bike, Best of Show and Director’s Pick of Show.

“We hope to have at least 100-plus cars and bikes. And we hope to have a big crowd to come out to Turner Lake on Aug. 3. These cars and bike owners take great pride in their vehicles and are amazing to see,” Richardson said.

Car and bike registration is $20 on the day of the show. Admission to the event is free and food will be available for sale.

At this point, Richardson said construction of the complex is well on its way, although rainy weather has slowed things down a bit.

“Paving of the parking lot should begin by the end of the month. The roof on the concession/restroom facility bidding should happen within the month,” she said, adding that presently crews are doing brick work and contractors have been able to continue to utilize free labor through the Department of Corrections. “Playground equipment will be ordered in August and plans are for a community build of the playground on Oct. 26,” Richardson said.

Plans are on track to have a grand opening of the Miracle League Fields in April 2014.

Sims said five years ago he organized a car show for the Covington Rotary Club, which is one of the sponsors of Miracle League. Through the success of that show, he decided he wanted to do a show dedicated specifically to Miracle League. “It gives the opportunity for guys to come out and support a good cause,” Sims said, adding that participants come from as far away as Augusta, Warner Robins and the North Georgia mountains. “The guys look forward to it, and they really like having the event at Turner Lake Park.”

Sims said the event has traditionally brought in “a decent amount” of money for Miracle League.

“We may raise $4,000 to $5000 with the show. Not a lot of money, but every penny counts,” he said.

And Richardson said every one of those pennies will be used for Miracle League.

“It will be a wonderful community asset, not only for our special needs families, but for all Newton County families to use and enjoy,” she said.