Raising funds for vets

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With car, music, fun and food, Post 23 was able to raise funds for their various veterans and community projects.

American Legion Post 23 celebrated Labor Day with a stroll through car history.

Labor Day car show has record breaking entries.

Boneyfiddle was bubbling with families, enjoying their Labor Day with a stroll through the James Dickey American Legion Post 23 Labor Day Car Show. This year’s record breaking event had 200 entries — cars and motorcycles from across the area.

Each year, Post 23 hosts the event that funds various local American Legion projects and activities including Christmas celebrations and activities for area students and children.

In addition to cars from every period in motor history, the event features music by a live DJ, a meal of hamburgers and hotdogs and various awards.

“200 entries – that’s really, really good,” Emmitt Gregory with Post 23 stated. “I think the weather had a part in it.”

The event brought in so many vehicles that the American Legion ran out of food. 65 more people competed in the show than last year.

Gregory explained that after days of bad weather, it was nice to have a day when most people were off work and could come out and enjoy the weather, the cars and the community.

During the event, the American Legion Post 23 gave out 74 trophies and plaques. Trophies were awarded based upon era as well as a Commander’s Pick and a Jim Saddler Memorial pick, honoring the deceased Legion member who was active in the local community. Saddler’s wife was present to give the award.

Various sponsors helped make the event possible. Sponsors provided funds for trophies and plaques. Contributors included Glockner Family of Dealerships, American Savings Bank, A+ Building Services, Desco Federal Credit Union, Conley Trucking, Little’s Septic Services, KC’s Productions, Proactive Occupational Medicine, Farmers Insurance Agent Donna Wolery, Southern Ohio Security, Brain Freeze, Market Street Hardware, Tri-State Rehab & Genesis and Portsmouth Taxi.

All items needed for the event were donated, and the event was ran by volunteers. There was a $10 entry, bringing in $2,000 for veteran services from entry fees alone.

For more information about Post 23 or local veteran services and activities, visit the James Dickey American Legion Post 23 on Facebook or stop in at 705 Court Street in Portsmouth.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.