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Troup County Sheriff’s Office Car Show draws record crowd

Event raises $13,000 for youth homes

By Matthew Strother

mstrother@civitasmedia.com

Attendees to the Troup County Sheriff’s Car Show check out the array of vehicles Saturday at Pyne Road Park. The seventh annual event this year drew almost 200 entries and raised more than $13,000 — its most yet — for the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home at Pineland, a facility for abused and neglected youth.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/05/web1_web0509CarShow01.jpgAttendees to the Troup County Sheriff’s Car Show check out the array of vehicles Saturday at Pyne Road Park. The seventh annual event this year drew almost 200 entries and raised more than $13,000 — its most yet — for the Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home at Pineland, a facility for abused and neglected youth.

‘Tetnus,’ a 1954 GMC truck rebuilt by Randy Gunnin, sits on display during Saturday’s car show. Strapped to the back is a doll of Chucky from the ‘Child’s Play’ horror movies.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/05/web1_web0509CarShow02-copy.jpg‘Tetnus,’ a 1954 GMC truck rebuilt by Randy Gunnin, sits on display during Saturday’s car show. Strapped to the back is a doll of Chucky from the ‘Child’s Play’ horror movies.

Charlie Lungaro looks at a truck on display at the car show Saturday.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/05/web1_web0509CarShow03-copy.jpgCharlie Lungaro looks at a truck on display at the car show Saturday.

Attendees check out some classic muscle cars Saturday.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/05/web1_web0509CarShow04-copy.jpgAttendees check out some classic muscle cars Saturday.

A line of classic cars sit at Pyne Road Park on Saturday for the car show.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/05/web1_web0509CarShow05-copy.jpgA line of classic cars sit at Pyne Road Park on Saturday for the car show.

A classic police car sits on display at the Troup County Sheriff’s Office Car Show on Saturday at Pyne Road Park.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/05/web1_web0509CarShow06-copy.jpgA classic police car sits on display at the Troup County Sheriff’s Office Car Show on Saturday at Pyne Road Park.

LaGRANGE — The seventh annual Troup County Sheriff’s Office Car Show on Saturday brought the fundraiser’s largest crowd yet, sheriff’s officials said.

Almost 200 classic cars and vendors participated in the event, which raised more than $13,000 for the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Home at Pineland.

“We topped last year as far as entries,” said sheriff’s Maj. Charles Nixon, who heads the annual event. “Last year we had 163.”

The money raised each year benefits the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes, which serve abused and neglected children. Pineland is the local facility located in rural Troup County.

“This week is actually the 25th anniversary of Pineland, which opened in May 1991,” said Shayne Goddard, director of development and properties for the youth homes in the state. Before becoming a state director, Goddard was director of the Pineland campus.

The program partners with the foster care system to take children who have issues due to their mistreatment.

“We try to work through their issues and get them on track to help them,” Goddard said.

The facilities provide a homelike environment for the abused children, Goddard said. Children participate in exercises and activities to help make them “self-sufficient individuals in society.”

“The Sheriff’s Office is the backbone of everything we do,” Goddard added. “An event like this helps give these children an opportunity to become productive citizens, which benefits everyone in our community.”

Matthew Strother is the editor of LaGrange Daily News. He may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2153.