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By David Camphouse
Winchester High School’s career and technical programs will host a car show on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the bus barn and football field parking areas directly outside of the auto and woodshop building.
According to industrial arts instructor Kenny Smith, the day is designed to raise funds for Winchester High School’s auto program.
“We’re having a car show and a silent auction to help raise money for more tools, updated tools and safety equipment – just to help with the program’s budget,” Smith said. “We need to buy a new tire balancing machine. There are some things starting to wear out that are pretty high dollar items.”
The entry fee for the contest is $10, and registration for the contest will begin at 9am on the 11th. Smith said entry is open to a wide variety of automobiles.
“Anybody with a show car is welcome,” Smith said. “Any classic, antique or modified car is welcome. Or if you have your grandma’s really clean 1974 Oldsmobile.”
Pork chops will also be sold throughout the event to raise funds.
“We’ll sell them the whole time until we’re out of pork chops hopefully,” Smith said.
In addition to the car entry fees and pork chop sales, the auto program will also raise money through an auto-related silent auction. According to Smith, the auction consists of auto-themed items that will appeal to car lovers of all ages.
“Our silent auction features a lot of donations from different car-related companies,” Smith said. “We have classic car T-shirts and mugs, car detailing offers, tools from Napa. We’ve still got stuff coming in from AutoZone and O’Reilly’s. We’ve also got Hot Wheels and coloring books. It doesn’t matter if you’re four or 80, we’ve got items that should appeal to car lovers of any age.”
Smith also said that student-made items would be available at the auction.
“We’ll have several student woodworking projects in the auction,” Smith said.
Entrants in the car show will compete for three trophies, according to Smith. Third place is the “principal’s pick,” second place is the “teachers’ pick,” and first place is the “students’ choice.”
Smith said that the vocational programs at Winchester serve approximately 50 students from Bluffs and Winchester over the course of each day.
The woods program consists of industrial arts, intro to woods, advanced woods and general construction.
Auto classes include diesel mechanics, small engines, auto and advanced auto.
Any individuals or businesses interested in participating or in donating to the silent auction are directed to contact auto instructor Kenny Mayner at 217-883-0413 or Smith at 217-473-9449.