Zeigler will host a unique car show on Saturday for the benefit of firefighters | Local News


ZEIGLER — Replica vehicles from popular 1970s and 80s movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Maximum Overdrive and Dukes of Hazards will go on full display this Saturday on Zeigler’s Circle as part of an annual fundraiser for firefighters.

The “Heroes and Horsepower Car Show” event will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

This is the best fundraiser of the year for the department. This year marks the second year with the Eastbound and Down Smokey and the Bandit theme and the eighth year of the car show.

Event organizer Ronnie Diuguid said the show has grown tremendously since its origins.

“We’ve gone from 25 cars in the first year to 138 last year, and weather permitting, we’re expecting around 200 cars or more this year,” he said. “We have raised over $30,000 for the fire department since we started. The goal is to raise money to build an addition to the department and upgrade our equipment.”

The cost to enter a vehicle for the show is $20. The first 150 entrants will receive a collectible dash plaque depicting the Zeigler Fire Department.

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“I believe this will be a car show that everyone will be talking about for a while,” Diuguid said. “We’ll have a little something for everyone.”

Diuguid said the men portraying Burt Reynolds as a bandit (Tim Phillips) and Jackie Gleason as Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Sean Bailey) will be the star attraction. In addition to the Trans Am, there will also be a replica truck like the one driven by Jerry Reed (Snowman) from the hit 1977 movie.

Dennis Bottoms, who played banjo in Reed’s hit song, “Eastbound and Down,” will be another guest of honor at Saturday’s show from 11 a.m. to noon in the East Bound and Down tent.

Nate Lawrence of Webb City, Missouri will be driving his replica Green Goblin Happy Toyz semi that appeared in the horror movie “Maximum Overdrive.”

There will also be a replica of Herbie and the Volkswagen Love Bug on display, as well as another version of the General Lee (1969 Dodge Charger) from the Dukes of Hazzard TV show.

Zeigler Firefighters will be selling burgers and pulled pork sandwiches throughout the day. Youth from the Apostolic Church will serve snow cones, cotton candy and lemon shakes. There will also be a live DJ show, with classic rock and southern rock tunes throughout the event.

According to Diuguid, enough money was raised through sponsorships to cover 100% of the show’s costs. The fire department will benefit from the number of vehicle entrance fees and food sales.

There will be 31 classes of competition in the motor show with prizes awarded to first and second. There will also be six specialty awards, including the Buddy Ingersoll Memorial Award. Ingersoll was a Zeigler mechanic who was heavily involved in motor racing. His younger brother, LeRoy, will serve as one of the judges for the award.

The city’s street service team, led by commissioner Brad Wilson, is sprucing up the circle this week ahead of Saturday’s show.

For more information, including weather updates, head to the Heroes and Horsepower website on Facebook.

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