Lions’ Labor Day Extravaganza delights in Fairview

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Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune

The Fairview High School Aggie Band marches in Monday's Fairview Lions Club Labor Day Parade. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW – The Fairview Lions Club Labor Day Extravaganza was held Monday at the Randall Shedd Community Park in Fairview. The community came out to enjoy live music, a parade, a car show and more.

Lions Club member Harold Grimes served as grand marshal of the parade. A Lion for 20 years, Grimes said, “Some of the greatest folks in the entire country live here in Fairview. This town has the biggest heart. I have loved every minute of my time with the Lions Club. We do some really great things.” Grimes is a lifelong resident of Fairview.

The streets were lined with families as the fire trucks, cheerleaders, football players and the Fairview Aggie Band passed the park. 

After the parade, all attention shifted to the more than 45 classic and custom cars entered in the fourth annual Lions Club Car Show.

Lion William Criscoe said, “I think this is going to end up being our biggest year yet. We try to do things for the community to enjoy at least once a month. This is probably our biggest fundraiser and all the money is put back into the Fairview community. We are especially thankful to all the hard work of Deputy Jeff Lawson. He is such a great help and when we ask for help, he always comes.”

Lawson also serves as Fairview’s school resource officer. 

Paul Casto, a proud Vietnam Veteran from Somerville, came to show his 76 El Camino.

He explained, “It’s a rare car. It’s number 64 of only 883 built. I go to shows every weekend.”

Lyndall Carter, a Navy vet from Arab, entered his turquoise blue ‘55 Thunderbird.

“It has power steering, power windows and power seats. The car only has 13,000 miles on it.”

Carter was there with his buddy Leonard Jolley, also a veteran from Arab.

Jolley explained, “We love the cruise-ins and shows. We’ve been to Arab, Cullman, Oneonta, Decatur and all over.” 

Jolley brought his ‘65 Mustang he had found in a scrap yard 40 years ago. 

The kids were excited to see Darin Smith the “Hot Wheels Guy” at the show. As Hot Wheels celebrates its 50th anniversary, Smith brought a van full of collectible and hard to find cars. 

For those who might prefer classic farm equipment, Harold Culbreath was at the park with a few antique tractors including ‘48 and ‘49 Allis-Chalmers G tractors originally manufactured in Gadsden. He and his friends also had a 1927 Maytag washing machine motor and a 99-year-old farm engine. Both were running to demonstrate to the crowd all the moving parts. 

Each vehicle registered paid a $15 fee. There were also raffles for a Pepsi clock, a new bicycle and a large rolling tool box and a 50/50 raffles. Members of the Lions Club sold hamburgers, hotdogs and other concessions with all proceeds going to the Lions for community projects. 

The winners of the 2018 Fairview Lions Club Labor Day Car Show were:

  • People’s Choice Firetruck- 252 Fairview
  • Lions’ Choice Firetruck- Berlin Ladder 213
  • Best Original Car- Mark Frazier  
  • Best Import- Ricky Greenwalt
  • Best Bike- Ronnie Clemens
  • Best Rat Rod- Vent Chambers
  • Best New Vehicle- Steve Kimbrell
  • Best of Show- Jim Nemeth
  • Best Engine- Vickie Daley
  • Best Interior- Blaine Chamber
  • Best Paint- Jerry Gilbreath
  • People’s Choice Truck- Dale Spratlin
  • People’s Choice Car- Carlos Chambers

The Fairview Lions Club has more events coming up soon. It will continue to host movies in the park with September’s date still being decided. On Oct. 20 it hopes to show “Transylvania 3” for the movie in the park to coincide with the annual Fall Festival.

For more info on upcoming events visit the Fairview Lions Club on Facebook. 

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