Road Trips: Cruise-in on the Town Square, Edgefield

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Edgefield will host its first-ever Cruise-in on the Town Square from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

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What started as a gathering for Corvette fans more than a decade ago, has turned into a first-time event in Edgefield for fans of all classic and vintage cars, says cruise-in creator Beth Padgett.  SPECIAL
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What started as a gathering for Corvette fans more than a decade ago, has turned into a first-time event in Edgefield for fans of all classic and vintage cars, says cruise-in creator Beth Padgett.

The Edgefield Community Development Association and the Town of Edgefield, along with local dealerships and merchants, invite all antique and classic car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts to cruise in and enjoy the activities. Owners will have a chance to show off their vehicles, exchange ideas, talk shop and meet with members of various car clubs.

“Don’t have a vehicle?” asked Beth Padgett, the event creator. “Come anyway, and enjoy the sights and meet all kinds of knowledgeable people. Refreshments will be served and local eateries will be open for business. You’re guaranteed to have a good time.”

The Edgefield Civic League will serve spaghetti suppers for $7 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Tompkins Library on the Square. Call the Welcome Center at (803) 637-4010 to reserve a ticket.

WKSX will be playing oldies via live broadcast. A 50/50 drawing will also be held.

Padgett, who is owner of The House Next Door Gift and Antique Shop on Jeter Street, is a 14-year member of The Casual Corvette Club of the CSRA and a long-time car enthusiast. She said the love of classic and antique cars was handed down to her from her father, the late Tiny Black of Trenton. Padgett owns a 1968 Corvette Convertible and a 1982 Corvette Coupe.

“I recently bought my Dad’s car, a 1964 Park Lane Marauder Mercury, from my sister,” she said. “I’m so excited! I can’t wait to start fixing it up!”

For 11 years, Padgett held a cruise-in at her home every summer for the Casual Corvettes, with members coming from Augusta, North Augusta, Grovetown, Aiken and beyond.

“It just kept growing until we outgrew it,” she said. “At our last get-together, there were 42 cars present.”

This summer, Padgett has decided, with the help of many others, to take the event downtown and include all classic and antique vehicles, not just Corvettes and not just cars. She is hoping for at least 100 vehicles.

She said by holding the event downtown organizers are hoping to showcase what Edgefield has to offer.

“We want to promote Edgefield in a different way,” Padgett said. “Many people are not aware of the shops and talent displayed in Edgefield, not to mention the good food and the history involved. This will give people an idea of what the town is all about.”

Jeff Parsons of Aiken is planning to attend and help with the event. He has a 1964 Pontiac GTO, a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am (the first production for both) and a 1999 Pontiac Trans Am 30th anniversary edition.

“I will probably bring the 1999 Trans Am to the event that day,” he said. “I was in Carlisle, Pa., for the 20th GM Nationals in June. It was the 50th anniversary of the GTO.”

Doug Timmerman, president of the 50-member Greenwood Corvette Club, will bring about 15 cars to the cruise-in.

“Corvette owners like to have fun,” he said. “Our club will be represented and we’re working with the Antique Car Association to bring cars.”

Coordinators of the event are asking those with vehicles participating in the event to park on the Square. Spectators are asked to park outside the Square area. The event will be held rain or shine.

For more information, call (803) 637-4600.


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