Area fathers, men honored at church auto show

D. EVERETT SMITH/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Victory Church’s fifth annual Father’s Day Car Show grew from 100 to over 300 cars.

TROY — An area church’s regional car show shed light on good husbands and fathers through a celebration of classic automobiles.

The fifth annual Father’s Day Car Show was held at Victory Church off of Main Street on June 17. The event featured over 300 cars, vans, trucks and motorcycles while attendees could vote for their favorite.

Families walked around the grass fields and church parking lot inspecting cars, while engines revved and the smell of cooking hot dogs filled the air. Children were able to act out car repairs next to two inflatable slides, while Emilie Cole and McKenzie Slater, from the Bradford County Dairy Princess competition, wore crowns and sashes and passed out ice cream.

Other children sat to have their faces painted while conversations about cars and vehicles could be heard all around.

“We have grown from 100 cars to now over 300 cars,” said Kevin Morgan, one of the team leaders who organized the event. “We began planning this back in January.”

Morgan estimates that between 2,000 to 3,000 people visited the car show, despite the temperatures being in the 90s.

Morgan said it was privilege to put together the event.

“The whole day is free,” Morgan said. “We provide free goody bags to car-show participants, free lunches (hot dogs, chips and water) and people love to come.”

Pastor Joshua Payne called Morgan, his crew and the volunteers the “invisible rock stars of this event.”

Morgan said his reason for putting the event together was to reach out to the husbands and fathers that not only attend the church, but lived in the surrounding areas.

“Josh is a car guy and he thought, ‘Why don’t we have a car show?,’ “ said Morgan. With the car show occurring on Father’s Day, the event became known as Victory Church’s “Man Day.”

In lieu of recent cultural events, Payne said he hopes using the term “man day” will shed light on a forgotten demographic. He said that on television, fathers and husbands are being made “the village idiot” and his goal was to inspire men to be better for themselves and their families.

Payne said the best thing for the physical and emotional well being of a family is for a man to be a “good husband and a good father.”

“The #MeToo Movement would not have existed if men respected women and stopped looking at them as objects, and treated them as a treasure,” Payne said.

Payne also said the goal of the event was to share a sermon that Jesus Christ loved everyone and had a plan for them.

“Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good, but dead people alive,” Payne said during his sermon. “It’s time to rebel against hell.”

While the event focused on the spiritual, awards were handed out to car owners. One award was called the “Riley’s Choice Award,” named in honor of event trophy maker Scott Wilber’s 11 year-old son, Riley. Wilber said Riley was able to pick his favorite car at the show and award the trophy.

“(Riley and I have) been coming to this event for the last three years,” said Wilber, a resident of Millerton, who displayed his 1954 Chevy Bolt. “This is one of our favorite events.”

The winner of Riley’s Choice was Shawn Trick, of Granville Summit, for his 1971 reddish-orange Chevelle with a single black stripe across the hood. He accepted the award along with his sons, Ian and Gavin.

“This is a great place,” said Trick, who added he was happy to be there with his family.

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