The third-annual “Eddie’s Run” will be held Aug. 22 on the Fayette County Fairgrounds and the organizer has announced the addition of several attractions.
Eddie Hartshorn, a 22-year-old Special Olympic athlete, has worked hard for Fayette Progressive Industries. Between him, his father and various volunteers, they have raised over $5,000 the last two years to help Special Olympics in the county.
The first Eddie’s Run was held with a car and bike show. The event was successful in raising over $4,000 that year and all of the proceeds went to support Fayette Progressive Industries and the Special Olympics programs in Fayette County. Unfortunately, due to less planning time, the second year of the event was not nearly as successful, but Eddie’s father and event organizer, Ed Hartshorn, did not give up.
“Every year we have worked hard to see the event grow,” Hartshorn said. “This year so far has been better in the planning stages. People are getting to know Eddie’s Run as a non-profit organization that is trying to help the disabled of Fayette County. We are hoping this will be our biggest year yet.”
Currently, the event will be host to several live bands, plenty of entertainment for kids and also a car and bike show. The live bands confirmed to be at the event are Black Apple, a classic rock band, Simba Jordan, a country rock band, Dreadin Monday, Dumbfounded, 30 Ought 6, and local Washington High School student Cameron Hartshorn will also be performing.
“The Washington Fire Department has been very supportive and will be bringing a fire truck for the kids to check out and enjoy, as well as possibly bringing the smokehouse, as long as it is repaired in time, to teach kids important fire safety tips,” Hartshorn said. “We are also going to have a bouncy house, face-painting and games for kids to enjoy. Additionally we have word that the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine will be at Eddie’s Run and we will hold a posting of the colors.”
The Dragin’ Angels will be bringing a plethora of classic cars as well as dash plaques for anyone bringing a vehicle to commemorate the day spent at Eddie’s Run.
“We suggest a $10 donation for anyone wanting to bring a classic car to the event and we hope they do,” Hartshorn said. “We will also be having a motorcycle ride as well with registration for both beginning at 11 a.m. We suggest a $15 donation for singles and a $20 donations for couples to enter the motorcycle ride. The ride will leave at 1 p.m. for a two-hour trip that ends back at the fairgrounds. Final registration for classic cars will be at 3 p.m. Also the General Lee and Blastro, a vehicle that gets a top speed of 200 miles per hour, will be at the event to entertain guests. Photos and autographs will be available with Blastro and t-shirts will be available.”
Camping will be available for $15 for a primitive spot and $30 for R.V.s, which includes the price of utility hook-up. Those interested in camping can call the Fayette County Fairgrounds about site availability.
“We encourage people to check out the Eddie’s Run Facebook page and also, for any volunteers to contact me if they are interested in helping during the event,” Hartshorn said. “High school students have helped in the past and we would encourage them to contact us as well. We hope to see everyone there to help raise money for Fayette County Special Olympics.”
With live bands, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction, a cornhole tournament, a large car show and a bike ride, the whole day should have a little bit of something for the whole family. More details about the event can be found on the website at www.eddiesrun.org and anyone wanting to help sponsor or volunteer for the event can contact Hartshorn by emailing [email protected] or by calling (614) 403-2203.