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Posted: July 28, 2010 12:00 a.m.

Let’s make a miracle

Miracle league car show to fund new special needs baseball field

The Miracle League of Newton County will be hosting their first "Let’s Make a Miracle Car and Bike Show" on Aug. 7 at Turner Lake Complex. The event is part of the organization’s fundraising efforts to build a baseball field at City Pond Park for physically and mentally handicapped children.

Lanier Sims, a member of the Miracle League building and fundraising committees, organized the car show with hopes of many more in coming years. Sims, who organized the "Cars of the Past" car show last year with the Rotary Club of Covington, wanted the Miracle League theme to be heavily present at the event.

"It was difficult to incorporate the Miracle League theme into the Cars of the Past car show last year; the show was geared towards older cars and antiques," explained Sims. "So I came up with the idea of the Miracle League having their own car show this year by hosting the event at the recreation department and near the baseball and softball field. This way there will be more of a Miracle League theme in the event."

According to the Miracle League consultant Tamara Richardson, the organization has already raised over $100,000 from various fundraising events like the Charter Charity Classic Golf Tournament that was held in June. The money raised thus far will cover the construction documents; the completion of the field is estimated to cost $1.7 million.

The event is open to all cars and motorcycles — new or old. Sims hopes to have between 100 to 150 vehicles at the event.

"If you can drive it there, you’re welcome to come," Sims said. "There will be plenty of shade to keep us from the August heat."

Awards will be presented to the top 50 best vehicles, with 10 additional awards given in best of show categories. There will also be a Kid’s Choice award, where children will be able to vote for their favorite vehicle of the event.

Sponsors like Chick-fil-A and Waffle House will be at the event to provide concessions. Inflatables will be erected for the children to enjoy.

Registration costs $20 per vehicle and will be open throughout the event. General admission is free to the public, though donations are highly encouraged.

For more information call (404)787-2852 or visit www.CovingtonCarShow.com.

Other upcoming Miracle League events include the following:

• Sept. 17-18 — the opening weekend at the Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze (in Oxford)

• Oct. 2-3 — Baseball Tournament (through USSSA) to be held at City Pond Park and Criswell Park in Monroe. Proceeds from the tournament will be split between The Miracle League of Newton County and the Walton Adaptive Sports Program.

• Oct. 8-9 — Legion Field will be working with the Covington Lion’s Club on their Annual Sherman’s Last Burning Fall Festival and Barbecue.

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