On Saturday, we attended the Mills River Antique Car Show.
It was hosted by the Mills River First Baptist Church. It was in a field along highway 280. This is where they plan to build a future church building. It is a beautiful piece of land in the Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Mills River.
The pastors of the church are our missionary friends from Belgium, Andy and Annelies. This photo of them was taken several months ago, and they were definitely not in jackets and sweatshirts today, I just couldn’t find a picture from today where they were standing together, so I went back in my “picture stash” and pulled out this one.
The Antique Car Show was a free event and everyone was welcome.
In addition to the antique cars, and motorcycles, there was also a concession stand with free refreshments such as soda, bottled water, snow cones, hot dogs, nachos, and more.
They also had a clown doing face paintings,
a bouncy house,
and a large inflated bouncy slide for the children to play on and enjoy.
But the cars were the main attraction.
The children were very interested to learn about the older cars and see how folks had made them look new again.
There was also a contest going on during the car show, and trophies and prizes would be handed out to the winners. And there was a contest drawing for door prizes too.
Andy’s wife Annelies is sitting behind the trophies in this photo.
We were not able to stay for the final results of the contest. But we had fun walking around and guessing who we thought might win.
Some of them had huge motors, and drove very fast with a lot of power.
There were cars at the show from the 1930s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s. And several motorcycles too.
It was neat to see them all lined up and we could share with the children how the automobile and transportation has changed over time.
The children couldn’t get enough of the bouncy house and slide.
Pastor Andy also gave a special message about salvation to the crowd. Andy was a pastor for 10 years in Belgium, and has been assistant pastoring in the USA for one year while he attends bible college.
He took over the role as full time pastor of the First Baptist Church several weeks ago, in addition to his schooling, being a husband and father, and has had relatives from Belgium visiting for the past six weeks or so. Whew! This fella is busy, and on fire for the Lord.
All this walking, bouncing, sliding, and laughing had us really hot. While we listened to Andy’s speech, we got a refreshment from the concession stand for the children.
Thankfully SNOW CONES were on the menu.
Everyone ordered a different flavor, and then asked their brother or sister for a taste of theirs, so they could try each flavor.
It was cool and refreshing on this very sunny, hot day.
It took a lot of volunteers to pull this event together. They did a great job and I know the town of Mills River, and Henderson County, NC was blessed by it.
Our whole family had a great time playing and learning at the Antique Car Show.
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