Cars and bikes of various makes and models gathered in the parking lot of the Ball Metal Beverage Packaging plant in Fairfield on Saturday for the 9th annual Ball Metal Car and Motorcycle School Supply Drive Car Show.
The event consisted of a contest for participants to vote for their favorite vehicles and a raffle table loaded with various prizes.
The auto show has been a community staple for nearly a decade, and public support seems higher than ever. Car addicts, bikers and various other members of the community have come together to provide school supplies to students who may not have access to them as the school year is in full swing.
According to event coordinator Brandon Thornton, the show started out as a casual lunch with friends that eventually turned into a fundraising event for local schools. From there, Thornton said he got the idea to make it an annual event, which had more than 220 attendees in 2019 and more volunteers than ever this year.
“The biggest support we’ve gotten from it is because there’s a cause, a legitimate cause,” Thornton said. “We don’t want your money, we want your school supplies, we want to sort and distribute the supplies to everyone.”
Participants who donated school supplies of all kinds were entered into a raffle to win a number of prizes such as vehicle maintenance materials and competition winners received bespoke trophies. Some vehicles on display included a modified Roadster-style 1951 Plymouth Concord and a 1952 Chevy pickup.
Will Johnston, a participating owner of the ’52 Chevy, said he hadn’t attended the show since the COVID-19 pandemic put many community events on hold, but was happy to be back to show off his car and attend the annual Ball Metal factory tour.
“The first time they went around the factory,” Johnston said. “It was very fun.”
There were also a number of activities for children, such as a jump house and a DJ playing family music while vendors sold various food items and merchandise like donuts, fresh fruit and t-shirts. of creators. According to BSA ambassador Carla Neudert, Boy Scouts of America Troop 853 sold popcorn to attendees to raise money for summer camp and scouting fees.
“My favorite part is seeing the little kids giving back and getting excited,” Neudert said. “It’s a good thing. As Scouts, we always try to give back to the community.
According to Thornton, 2022 has been the best year show organizers have had in terms of the number of volunteers arriving to help. He praised Solano County for its strong community and desire to come together for a cause.
“We have a strong community in Solano County, it’s been great the support we’re getting,” he said. “We’re just happy to help. This reward of seeing the faces of these children when we drop off packages. You become emotional.
The Ball Metal Car Show and School Supply Drive is held annually at Ball Metal in Fairfield and is scheduled to return in 2023. Access the event official facebook page to find out how to participate in next year’s show.