FOC Auto Fair cruises to success – Beckley Register-Herald

Posted: Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Friends of Coal Auto Fair wrapped up its 12th annual event on Saturday.

Hundreds and hundreds of people flocked to the Raleigh County Memorial Airport in Beaver to take in some classic cars, fair foods and fun music.

This marked the first year that the event was moved from the YMCA Soccer Complex to the airport.

Most said that they loved the change.

“I thought it’s been a great turnout,” said Buck McClung, owner of Hillbilly Fun Inflatables. “Things have been going very well. It’s a very well-organized festival.

“They have done an exceptionally good job of organizing and setting the festival up.”

McClung said he was especially grateful for Access Health and their sponsorship of the inflatables.

“Without them the kids wouldn’t be able to come out and enjoy these things,” he said. “I really like the new venue.”

Some said that they loved the event, but they’d like to see a little more.

“I just like the old location better,” Daniels resident Brenda Patton said. “It was more accessible. We’d like to see more activities for our son. There was more kiddie stuff at the other location. I just wish it was more like a carnival car show than just a car show.”

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The main group that was being helped by the event was Hospice of Southern West Virginia.

The group’s CEO said it’s a real blessing to get so much support from the community.

“This community is so supportive of our organization and the mission that we try to fulfill,” Janett Green said.

“I talk to directors from all over the country and they don’t get the support that we do. A fundraiser like this can go off and do great things to support our organization, she added”

Green said she didn’t have a ballpark figure for the amount of money raised, but she said it was safe to call the event a success.

“We’re happy that the weather held off for the most part of the day,” Green said. “We’ll know just how successful we were in about a week.

“People have been very satisfied with how efficiently and smoothly things have gone. I know a ton of people have been looking forward to the concert. Next year, we’ll have an even bigger concert, so people can look forward to that.”

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