FEATURE – Kennard’s 3rd Annual “Wheels on Fire”

The following originally appeared in “The Courier-Times” and / or “The Shelbyville News”. Check their websites for further information and dates.

Kennard’s 3rd Annual “Wheels on Fire” coming soon!

Blaise Doubman

Kennard is hosting its annual “Wheels on Fire” car show October 8th, 9th and 10th. The event will be held in and around the Kennard area with town wide garage sales along with bake sales, craft vendors and more, with some of the events and booths being located inside the Kennard Senior Living Facility.October 9th will be the busiest day of the event with a vehicle show, anything is welcome with a motor, Hazard Bound taking the stage in the afternoon, a hog roast with chips and drinks as well as a benefit bike ride sponsored by the Warthogs of Henry County Chapter. A bounce house is also planned. 

Vehicles are $15 each for registration. Motorcycles for the ride are $20 for one rider and $25 for two. Registration starts at 10am and the 120-mile ride starts at noon. There will be plenty of food offered at the event all three days. Hog roast, bake sale and a full menu offered from Sky Pizzeria will be options. The hog roast will start at 11:30am on the 9th.

Booths offering various items for sale will be open all three days from 8am until dark. 

Covid restrictions come into play with this event, with a majority of the options being offered outside and within safe distances from one another. The safety of the town citizens, as well as the residents of the Kennard Senior Living, will be monitored and respected. This event will benefit not only the local Kennard Community but also the Kennard Volunteer Fire Department. 

Kennard resident, Holly Lee, is always going above and beyond to make sure the town of Kennard is safe, clean and full of residents with no complaints. Holly not only organizes events like this for the town but is also an EMT furthering her career and education with the Kennard Volunteer Fire Department. She talked about last year’s event and said that in 2020 the show had about 30 cars / motorcycles registered. She continued, “there were also about 15 tractors. With covid in our mists we were lucky to have a show at all. We had social distancing, hand sanitizing, and approval from the health department. Every participant left with a dash plaque, goodie bag, and door prize. Unfortunately, 2020 cash donors were hard to find. Many of our fire members donated $300 + out of their own pockets just to put the show together. We had door prize donations from Auto zone, Royle Highland Golf, Indianapolis Indians, O’Reilly, Jeff’s Pizza in Knightstown, Block and Brew, Harmony Wine, Studio on Main Hair Salon and Rockauto. With covid shutting the world down for so long the car show was the first thing that felt almost normal. Although we had few cars, the atmosphere was full of friendship, fellowship, and laughter. It was really a nice event. This year I would like to thank, Sky Pizzeria who donated $400, Citizen State bank who donated $200, Holly Guffey ERA realtor who donated $200, T. Lee. Mobile Mechanic who donated $200, Responder Training Enterprises who donated $200, Swackhammer Masonry and Concrete who donated $200 and H and S Services who donated $200. Thank you so much for your contribution to the town of Kennard and this event.” 

Holly also added, “Everyone needs to know that this money is needed for so many reasons. Our department was developed in 1924 and 97 years later we are still here. Today, there are 14 dedicated volunteer men and women on our department. This fundraiser event was created in 2018 when the department lost the contract and funding from the Greensboro Township Trustee Office. $6,000 was cut from the department along with that contract. Of the 14 members we have 1 paramedic, 3 nremt’s (2 more starting class Sept), 1 hazmat guru, 12 have passed the basic firefighter certification course,  5 are certified in Fire I, Fire II, and hazmat. We do not get paid to train, class time, our books, gas, or time away from family. We all have full time jobs and answer the tones when we are home. Kennard only has the lot money to operate with approx. $2,200 each year. Our equipment is old, our tanker is on its last days as we bandage it together the best, we can make runs, our turnout gear is out of service date, air tanks are set to expire. We need the Trustees funding back and we need all of our fundraiser to do well. We write grant’s with no responses. We understand we are not the only department facing fund shortages, however, out of 14 Henry County Volunteer Fire Departments we are the only one that does not receive funding from its own Township Trustee Office. We are a small town of 470 citizens, our nearest hospital is 15 to 20 mints away. The nearest station from ours is 10 minutes away, in addition to the time it will take a person to get to their station gear up and mark in route. In an emergency time is precious, our town’s citizens and the surrounding community mean something to each of us. In 3 years, I personally have been to 10 fires some large some small. Each one had an impact on me knowing that if we, Kennard Volunteer Fire didn’t exist, that’s more manpower that Henry County will not have. Volunteering isn’t about glory it’s about knowing your helping your neighbors in their weakest moments.”

People can pre-register their cars, bikes, or get a both online by going to kennardin.com Scroll down to the car show link and click for more information. 

If you would like additional information , please contact Holly through email at holly@kennardin.com or call 765-388-4443

Special thanks to George King and the residents of the Kennard Senior Living Center for allowing the use of property and building to house this very special community event.

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