The Upshur County Commission approved a $250 donation to the West Virginia Classic Wheels Car Club Thursday to help the organization stage next week's Blast From the Past event.
"We're going to try to do this every year, and we had good support last year," club member Jerry Kimble said. "Hopefully, it will grow into something great in the future."
The event, which will be held July 26-27 in downtown Buckhannon, promises to bring back some of the classic rides and classics rhythms of days gone by. Antique cars are scheduled to line Main Street between the Upshur County Courthouse and the Buckhannon City Hall. An oldies band will be performing each night, and those attending are urged to dress in attire from the 1950s and 1960s.
"Growing up, a blast from the past didn't mean anything," Commissioner J.C. Raffety said. "But you get to a certain point in life where you do remember."
Kimble said Main Street and some of the side streets will be blocked starting around 3 p.m. each day and will remain closed until 10 p.m., Friday and 11 p.m., Saturday. The Upshur County Sheriff's Department will escort the car enthusiasts down West Virginia Route 20 about 11 a.m. Saturday to the West Virginia State Wildlife Center for a barbecue. Those cars will return to the downtown area around 3 p.m.
Kimble said the event also promises entertainment for children, as a bounce house, obstacle course and slide are expected to be set up at Jawbone Park. Vendors of all types are scheduled to set up along the streets.
"All of the leftover proceeds from this party will be used to help buy baby seats for parents who can't afford them," Kimble said. "We also buy smoke alarms for all of the new parents to take home."
In other matters, the commissioners approved the hiring of Jeroldine Kopelov as a part-time deputy county clerk. The commissioners also renewed computer and technology maintenance agreements with ESRI, Inc., and GSI, Inc.