Included in those numbers were, of course, several members of the Dawson Springs PD and FD, as well as a few of their official vehicles. Around 10 classic cars were on display from a local group of avid automobile enthusiasts as well.
There were also booths set up by several local non-profit groups, such as the Mid-West KY Chapter of the Red Cross, the Dawson Springs Tradewater Pirates, and the Hopkins County Humane Society.
As far as food goes, Dawson Springs’ Mayor, Ross Workman, was on site flipping burgers and hot dogs on the big grill. In fact, he explained to iSurf News that the he had been the “grill master” at the event for the last 3 years. In addition, he explained that they would probably wind up cooking over 400 hamburgers and 300 hot dogs throughout the evening.
Bill Crider, the Dawson Springs Chief of Police and Fire Department Major, also spoke with iSurf News, and explained a little more about the event.
“We started this around 6-7 years ago,” said Chief Crider. “It’s an opportunity to accomplish a few things. It gives the community a chance to come in and see who and what we are. They get to see our stations, our equipment, and it helps us to have a positive interaction between the children and the police and fire services. So many times, we come to people’s houses as a result of an unfortunate situation, so this is a way for us to build trust amongst the people in our community, especially the children.”
Chief Crider explained that the event has grown every year as well.
“The first few years, we generally held the event within the Police and Fire Department stations, but it has kind of outgrown that now,” explained Chief Crider. “We add something every year it seems like. This year we’ve moved the event up to the downtown square for the first time.”
Without ever using any tax-payers’ dollars to pay for the event, Chief Crider said that the venue was completely provided for and supported by several generous businesses. In gratitude, Chief Crider gave a big thanks to the following businesses, groups, and individuals: Clark Distribution of Paducah, Budweiser of Hopkinsville, the local IGA market, Dairy Queen, Dwight Seymore of the Tradewater Pirates, the Dawson Springs School System, Insight Communications, The Progress Newspaper, iSurf News, The Messenger, all the car owners who brought out their automobiles for the show, Mayor Workman, the City employees, and everyone else involved.
The Open House Celebration will be taking place next year around the same time as well, so if you’re a pre-planner, mark your calendar for this family and community oriented event.
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