BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
Clipper Staff Writer
BOUNTIFUL — A day in the sun can help local students have a warmer winter.
The Bountiful Rotary’s annual Coats for Kids Car Show, set for June 14 and 15 along Main Street and at the Bountiful City Park, features plenty of food, classic cars, prize drawings, a burn-out exhibition and more.
The event is free, but money earned through food sales and drawing tickets will go toward purchasing coats for elementary school students in south Davis.
“We found an astonishing number of children who didn’t have these clothes,” said Chris Simonsen, a member of the Bountiful Rotary.
The event starts Friday at 6 p.m. with a Cruisin’ Parade along Bountiful’s Main Street, along with a street festival that will include food booths from a variety of local vendors. The evening will also include a burnout exhibition, a pie-eating contest, dancing, a climbing wall, and more.
On Saturday, the event moves north to Bountiful City Park for the car show, games, and more food. Also on display will be the Fabulous Hudson Hornet, a famous NASCAR Grand National Stock car that served as inspiration for the character of Doc on the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars.” The awards ceremony for the car show will be held at 2:30 p.m.
“It’s such a team effort, and that translates into a great family festival,” said local news anchor Mark Koelbel, who will be giving out the awards along with local radio personality Doug Wright.
Money raised at the event is exchanged for Kmart vouchers, which are given to the principals of all elementary schools in south Davis. The principals then distribute the vouchers to parents, who can use them to purchase coats and other cold-weather gear for their children.
“I had a mother start to cry because she had no idea how she’d be able to clothe her daughter that winter with a coat that matched what her peers had,” said Andrea Brewster, a counselor at Hannah Holbrook Elementary in Bountiful.
The effects can touch other areas of the children’s lives as well.
“When a student’s basic needs aren’t being met, they’re not able to learn,” said Brewster. “The Bountiful Rotary’s support has helped so much.”