Free admission, planned car show at Milner Recreation Center

McMinnville officials approved a benefit car show at the Milner Recreation Center in April, along with free admission to the recreation center.

The city’s parks and recreation committee met to continue deliberations on a request from Michael Parson to use the lower front parking lot of the recreation center for this year’s Shinin’ for a Cause, a show in the fundraiser scheduled for April 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I was able to contact Mr. Parson,” said Parts and Hobby Department Manager Justin Scott. “We agreed to a vendor fee of $50, which we use for our ballpark. If a vendor food truck comes in, they will pay us a $50 fee. I thought that would be enough to cover our electricity costs.

The auto show will benefit five Warren County families with members battling cancer.

Officials met in February and conducted an initial review of the application. Along with a nominal fee to recover the electricity, they also requested insurance – a $1 million liability policy listing the city as an additional insured, which is required of all event organizers using property owned by the town.

“Parson has also accepted the city’s requirement for liability insurance,” Scott said. “I feel like we can manage the parking lot. There will be a lot of foot traffic. He mentioned that there would be many states represented. Specifically, the southern states that come to this auto show.

The event is expected to attract up to 250 attendees.

Committee members approved the use of the lower parking lot for the car show and turned to offering free day admission to the Milner Recreation Center.

“It seems like a good way to accomplish more than one thing,” said Alderman Steve Harvey. “You’ll have a lot of people there who don’t know what’s going on at the Milner Center. Open it and let them in. Next time, if we feel it wasn’t a good idea, that will be our reason not to.

The car show, Shinin’ for a Cause, was held at Three Star Mall last year. The organizers have expressed a desire for a centralized location.

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