09/18/09 10:06AM Boys and Girls Club, Car show, Events, Motorcycles, Tulare County Events

Hotrods sizzle in Farmerville car and bike show

The hottest cars in Tulare County will gather this Saturday in Farmersville for the second annual Sizzlin' September Car and Motorcycle Show at Farmersville High School.

Organizers expect over 100 cars and anywhere from 1,500 to 3,000 people in attendance at the show, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the high school, located at 651 E. Walnut Ave. Car and motorcycle entries are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Admission to the event is free for the public. Prizes will be awarded for People's Choice, the top three cars, top two motorcycles and the top 15 overall vehicles. All entries will receive a discount for an event T-shirt to benefit Farmersville youth programs.

Boss Hoggs restaurant will be selling breakfast and lunch at the event. The event will be fun for the whole family, including bounce houses, children's carnival, DJ music, face painting, A&W Root Beer Floats, and of course cruising through the hot rods and sweet rides.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Farmersville branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias. Major sponsors for the event are the Farmersville Kiwanis Club and Rising Sun Construction. Myron Wiley, Kiwanis President and corporate and community board members Boys & Girls Club, said the money will be used to furnish and equip the new Farmersville Community Center. The 16,400-square-foot center will be constructed at the site of the former United Methodist Church at Avery and Ash streets. The century old-church was moved last week (see story on page A1) to make way for construction to begin on the two-story, $3.5 million facility. Plans are for the center to not only provide a home for the Farmersville Boys & Girls Club operations, but space for a city library, meeting rooms for other community organizations - such as Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Boy and Girl Scouts, Farmersville Unified School District, etc. - and a venue for special events as well.

'The city and the club are working together to built this amazing facility, so the Kiwanis Club wants to make sure there will be enough money to purchase computers, sports equipment, chairs, whatever else they may need,' Wiley said.

Wiley said the Boys & Girls Club has made a huge impact on the Farmersville community. Since expanding into Farmersville in 2005, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sequoias has opened sites at Hester and Freedom elementary schools and Farmersville Jr. High and Farmersville High schools. Combined, the clubs in Farmersville serve about 500 children each day with about 900 members total.

'We have seen a drop in graffiti and delinquent crime because kids have a safe, positive place to go to afterschool,' Wiley said. 'There are a lot of low-income families in this community where both parents work long hours, so it's important for the kids to have a place to spend that time afterschool constructively.'

Wiley said the event raised about $15,000 last year and that the club hopes to raise close to that amount, if not more, this year.

'I know there is a lot of talk about the economy, but this is for the kids,' Wiley said. 'If you want to do something fun this weekend, come here and support a great cause.'