News-Sun file photo The burn-out contest for the Sebring Thunder event will start at 7 p.m. Friday on the Circle.
published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Sebring Thunder revs up Friday
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING - Classic cars and revved up engines will fill the Downtown Sebring Circle this weekend when Sebring Thunder returns to the city for its third year.
The three-day event kicks off Friday with a full schedule going through Sunday, including a classic car show, burn-out and ride.
The famous burn-out contest will take place at 7 p.m. Friday on The Circle. Wicked Soundz will provide entertainment and a $250 cash prize will be given to the winner of the contest.
Saturday brings a full day of music, food and entertainment of all kinds. From 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., attendees can enjoy a number of different events during the day.
Local published author Gary Duffey, along with his wife and founder of Authors Against Autism Foundation Melissa, will be holding a book signing beginning at 9 a.m. in front of Brenner's Pottery.
Duffey has written an insightful children's book titled "Windows" that portrays the tale of his autistic daughter's view of life through her window.
"I have 100 copies, so I encourage those who have the book already to bring their copies for autographs," Duffey said.
The book is available to purchase for $10. A portion of the proceeds will go to Authors Against Autism. Those with their own copies will be charged a small fee for autographs that will also go to the foundation.
Sebring Thunder continues all day Saturday with music from local artists and DJs as well as the annual car show and swap meet. Hundreds of classic cars will fill the spoke streets around The Circle to provide a perfect backdrop for car lovers. Food, crafts, arts and car vendors will be set up to provide any and all purchases for event attendees.
The Rotary Club of Highlands County will be present with a new group of youngsters striving to make a difference in the community.
The Future Rotarians will be selling lemonade, brownies and fresh avocados Saturday as part of their first fundraiser for the group. The eight-member, two-mascot group is the only youth Rotary club in the area.
"The are so excited. They know all about the Rotary Club and what it is about. All the money raised goes back into our club," said Terry Elwood, membership chair for the Rotary Club.
Sunday closes out the weekend and features a ride at Sebring International Raceway, when paid participants are able to take a ride in their classic cars on the world-famous track.
Registration is still being accepted and costs $25. The fee includes one entry to the burnout contest, car show, drive the track and one barbecue ticket. Make checks payable to Sebring Cruise Inc., 103 S. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring, FL 33870.
Beer and wine will be allowed during the event in paper or plastic cups.
For more information, contact Susie Whitlock at 381-5296 or Bud Whitlock at 471-1900.
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