Lug Nuts car club brings fundraiser back to city park

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While the kids are hunting for eggs, car enthusiasts will find an entirely different sort of treasure at Kilgore City Park at the end of the month.

The Lone Star Lug Nuts’ 12th annual Early Bird Card Show is set – rain or shine – in downtown Kilgore and Kilgore City Park March 30-31.

Each year, the car club’s charity fundraiser benefits the Percy R. Johnson Burn Foundation Youth Camp, with any proceeds from contests, auctions, vehicle registration fees and other ventures helping support the children who attend Camp I’m Still Me near Marshall.

Club member Greg Gee has been to the camp and has seen the good the money does: “It really is quite a wonderful cause.”

The car show’s organizers are rounding up business and individual sponsorships for this year’s event as well as any contributions for the camp.

“We have given close to $20,000 in just the last three years to the foundation,” Gee noted, which is based in Shreveport..

Between 150 and 200 vehicles are expected for this year’s Easter weekend show, including a variety of cars, trucks, motorcycles and more. Participating vehicle owners can sign up in advance for $50 per entry by calling 903-720-4733; on-site registration runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. during a downtown cruise on Commerce Street and North Street Friday, March 30.

The Lug Nuts will once again present their Top 25 Choice Awards ranging from Best of Show Car & Truck to Sponsor’s Choice, Percy R. Johnson Choice, Best Motorcycle and other accolades.

Visitors attend the show for free, and all participants can take part in door prizes, the 50/50 challenge and Wipe-Out Board and other fundraising, with auctions, concessions, music and more continuing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the park.

This year’s entertainment features award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist Josh Davis. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for the performance under the amphitheater at Kilgore City Park.

Monetary contributions and auction donations, tax deductible, should be directed to Gee (903-987-0353), Kathie Ross (903-238-7034) or Marylin Morris (903-431-2507).

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