By Susan Carroll
The Kids’ & Kops Car Show sponsored by Golling Buick GMC and Lake Orion Police Association takes place on the streets of downtown Lake Orion Aug. 5 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The show features classic cars and motorcycles, historical police and fire vehicles, music, a charity pancake breakfast and sidewalk sales.
“This is our main fundraiser for our Kids’ & Kops program and every dollar from the event and breakfast go to fund our LOPA (Lake Orion Police Association) programs,” said Chief Jerry Narsh.
The program helps to fund youth sports, events and mentoring. It allows kids to be mentored by off-duty officers, funds scholarships, tragedy donations, sports sponsorships and the Shop with A Hero program.
Vehicle set up starts at 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Flint and Broadway streets. Registration is free, but donations will be accepted.
New this year is the historical motorcycle display and sidewalk sales. Motorcycles will be set up in the upper parking lot next to Children’s Park (that lot will be open for visitor parking), also known as the “old Whiskey’s lot” on Anderson and Front streets.
Local businesses will be setting up good, old fashioned sidewalk sales with their wares on tables in front of their establishments.
“I want to thank our local businesses for their continued support and there are so many places to shop and eat that no one will go home hungry,” Narsh said.
A pancake breakfast runs from 8 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at Lockhart’s BBQ, 37 E. Flint St. Cost for breakfast is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (65 and over) and $6 for children ages 12 and under.
Music in the streets will be spun by Rockin’ Ronnie all Day Long, and 50/50 raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day.
Lake Orion resident Della Woods, America’s first female drag racer and famed funny car driver, will be there with her 9,000-horsepower funny car. Fans can stop by and say hello and get her autograph. While there, congratulate her on receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NHRS last month.
The car show is audience interactive. Trophies are at stake, some funny, some serious, like the best paint color to the top 3 overall vehicles.
Visitors are asked to vote for “The car you would least likely want to pull up in front of your house and take your daughter to prom in” or “The car you are likely to get pulled over in.”
Narsh said he is honored to be able to give back to the community through youth programs.
“I would like to say a special thank you to Golling Buick GMC. They do tremendous things to support Orion, and this charity car show is just one of many they support. We couldn’t do this without the leadership of Golling Buick GMC, John Cooper and Bill Kokenos.”
For more information visit the Lake Orion Downtown Development Authority website, www.downtownlakeorion.org or the village website at www.lakeorion.org.