BOUNTIFUL - A weekend of classic cars and good food can help local kids have a warmer winter.
The Bountiful Rotary 's Annual Car Show and Cruisin' is back, set for June 13 along Main Street and June 14 at Bountiful City Park. The event offers two full days that give residents the chance to enjoy cars of all shapes and sizes, car-related contests, treats from local restaurants, and the knowledge that the money they spend goes towards supplying needy south Davis kids with coats and other winter gear.
"We have a lot of children who are not warm in the wintertime and need these things," said Bountiful Mayor Randy Lewis.
The Ford Motor Cool Car Parade takes a turn down Main Street at 6 p.m., with several local restaurants offering dinner and snack food from the booths at the food court. The money raised at the food court serves as a major source of funds for the coats project, along with the registration fees for the participating cars. Some of those cars will also try their luck at the Burt Brothers Burn Out Exhibition, set for 8 p.m. Friday night.
The event starts up again at 10 a.m. Saturday, with more food from local restaurants and a variety of contests, prize drawings and kids' activities. Residents can admire cars and enjoy sandwiches until 3 p.m., when the awards ceremony for the participating cars begins.
"Last year, on Saturday, I remember seeing three ladies in identical dresses, and men in pink ties," said Bountiful Rotary member Chris Simonsen. "I went over and asked one of the men, and he said 'My daughter was married today, and her husband said that he had go to the car show. So we went over to the car show.'"
Money raised at the event goes toward a variety of kid-based charities supported by the Bountiful Rotary, most prominently their annual Coats for Kids program. The program provides principals at elementary schools all across south Davis with Kmart vouchers for coats and other winter gear, which the principals then distribute to the parents.
For the kids, receiving the coats can be like magic.
"We had one little girl who came to live with her aunt and uncle a few years ago, and she had no coat," said Jan Rawlins, the principal at Muir Elementary. "I gave them a voucher, and the very next day she came to school with a coat even though it was 65 degrees outside. From then on, she wore it day in and day out."
For more information, call Chris Simonsen at 801-292-6141 or visit bountifulcruisin.com.