Music & Cars
‘Rockin’ on the River’
returns to Madison riverfront
Fundraiser for Salvation Army
to feature The Monarchs
(August 2013) – Terry Willis of Milton, Ky., grew up in the age of muscle cars and hot rods. His love of cars naturally flowed to attending car shows, then learning the skills of rebuilding and exhibiting the classics, and finally entering his own cars.
“My first car was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air, which I began showing in 1977,” says Willis, 63.
He’s been hooked ever since. Over the years, Willis rebuilt a variety of cars until he finally scored the car he’d always wanted – a 1932 Ford Roadster. Willis said he looks forward to entering the Roadster in the River Run XVII Car Show, set for Aug. 31 in Madison, Ind. In the last couple of years, he’s won both Best of Show and Best Hot Rod with the Roadster and looks forward to seeing how the car will perform at River Run.
Though Willis has scaled back his participation, he makes a point to attend the local car shows – both for the cars and for the people. “I really like the chance to visit with friends I’ve made over the years as well as looking at the cars,” says Willis. “People are very friendly and fun to be around. And the cars give you a common connection.”
Terry Willis of Milton, Ky., poses
with his prized 1932 Ford
Roadster that he plans to enter
at the River Run car show.
He encourages others to come enjoy the day and the variety of cars on display. “There aren’t many shows around Labor Day, and you just can’t beat the view of cars lined along the river.”
“Rockin’ on the River” is a fundraising event for Madison’s Salvation Army. It is planned for Saturday, Aug. 31, to offer the community a day of entertainment on Madison’s riverfront. The second annual event this year is combining the River Run Car Show with music by local artists, and the grand finale – the return of The Monarchs for a concert at Bicentennial Park.
“Our local businesses and individuals generously support the work of Salvation Army throughout the year,” said Al Huntington, former Madison mayor and chairperson of the Salvation Army Advisory Board. “ ‘Rockin’ on the River’ is our chance to say thank you. We want everyone to come out for a day of fun. Entry to all the events is free to the public. It will make for a great celebration of Labor Day.”
The day begins with the car show. Cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles will line Vaughn Drive between Plum and West streets. Gates open at 8 a.m., and the show runs until 5 p.m. with an awards show at 3:30 p.m.
“While we focus on the classic cars, we accept all entries,” says Steve McAtee, member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and organizer of River Run.
“The Monarchs” will return to
Madison by popular demand
to perform at “Rockin’
on the River.”
He anticipates between 250-300 entries, giving attendees a wide range of styles and models to enjoy. Formerly the CAM Car Show, organizers decided to move the event from Memorial Day to Labor Day in order to support the fundraising efforts of the Salvation Army. More than 100 awards will be presented, McAtee said.
“We are really excited to offer, not only a trophy for Best of Show, but also a ring,” he said. “We have seen the excitement of entrants for the idea in other shows and wanted to include this in our show.”
Those interested in entering can call McAtee at (812) 265-4133. Pre-registration is $15 per vehicle. Registration at the gate is $20 per vehicle.
“We want everyone to come out and enjoy the cars, the people, and the beautiful river view,” says McAtee. “It will be a great way to enjoy Labor Day.” People can stroll the riverfront enjoying the cars, purchase food from a variety of vendors and then look forward to an evening of music.”
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., “Never Too Late,” a local praise band from North United Madison Church, will take the stage. The Monarchs, from Louisville, Kentucky, will perform at 8 p.m. Last year, rain forced the concert to move from the riverfront to the Brown Gym, where The Monarchs played to a packed house.
“For weeks, I had people coming up to me talking about how great the Monarchs were,” says Huntington. “We just had to bring them back.”
The Monarchs rose to fame during the heyday of rock ’n roll and have remained perennial favorites for five decades. “The concert will provide the perfect ending to a great day of entertainment,” says Huntington.
The days’ events serve two purposes: for the Salvation Army to thank the community that supports its work, and for the community to continue that support. The Salvation Army serves more than 19,000 meals each year, provides both rent and utility assistance, operates a clothing store, provides disaster relief, offers ballet classes and summer camps for underprivileged children and runs a low-cost dental clinic.
Those attending the even can contribute in a variety of ways. Familiar red kettles will be placed throughout the events for people to make donations. Also, at River Run a leather jacket embroidered with the River Run XVII logo will be auctioned with proceeds benefitting the Salvation Army. Finally, the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 765 will offer its second annual Moosetang Mania event. Attendees can purchase chances to win a 1994 Mustang GT Convertible, with all proceeds donated to the Salvation Army.
“We want to thank all our sponsors,” says Huntington. “River Valley Financial Bank, our title sponsor, has offered huge support for the day. At the same time, many others have stepped forward.” Additional sponsors include Grote Industries, the American Legion, KDH Health, Terry’s Heating and Cooling, Madison Auto Service, Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corp., Madison Courier, Moose Lodge 765, Arvin Sango Inc., MPS Printing, VSG and Clifty Engineering.
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