Classic car show benefits trip to youth conference

Car enthusiasts turn out to enjoy sunny day, food and music

 Veronica Barhite 17, Aron Campbell 17, and Alex Hurt 16, are all working the annual St. Thomas Aquinas Car Show to raise funds towards their trip to the National Catholic Youth Conference to be held at the Colt Stadium in Indianapolis, IN next November.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church hosted its annual car show Sunday afternoon, while songs from the 50’s and 60’s eras wafted from the speakers. Students served food to the audience gathered to admire the automotive classics on display on Des Moines St.

The car show has been an annual event for four years and helps raise money for the students to either attend a mission trip in the summer or the National Catholic Youth Conference held in Indianapolis, IN every other year. The conference is designed for 9th-12th graders.

The proceeds from last year’s car show went towards a mission trip to Wisconsin, where students were able to spend time helping at a homeless shelter, cleaning up a state park, and visiting a Friary to deliver fresh produce to those in need. Students also had a fun day at the Wisconsin Dells while on the mission trip.

This year’s car show will fund a trip to the NCYC for next November. The students will attend the conference the weekend before Thanksgiving, with four days of religious speakers and Christian bands performing. According to Dan Hurt, the Director of Faith Formation at the St. Thomas Aquinas Church, there are about 30,000 students from all over the United States that will attend this conference, with all 50 states being represented.

During the car show, four experts judged all of the cars on display, which range from a 1932 Ford Roadster to a 1964 Ford Falcon Sprint. The judges will award the first through third place winners. There was a People’s Choice award and also a Most Unique award for the car with the most fascinating traits. All of these trophies were sponsored by The Knights of Columbus. The last award, sponsored by Spangler Auto, is the Kid’s Choice award, voted on only by the children.

The car show also offered some raffles and silent auction items. One such item that was being bid on was a $125 towing service donated from Tony’s Tire. There was also a 50/50 raffle going, with half of the proceeds going towards the NCYC trip and the other half going towards the lucky winner whose name would be drawn. Local businesses that helped support the car show included Knights of Columbus, WCF Financial, First State Bank, People’s Credit Union, Spangler Auto, Summit Racing, Super 8 Motel, Tony’s Tires, Edelbrock, AmericInn, Gerber Auto, Webster City Movie Theater, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Napa Auto Parts, RockAuto, and Interior Spaces.