Cherokee Lodge No. 4 FOP holds car show, swap meet

Everyone loves a good car show.

All who attended Saturday’s 10th Annual Cherokee Lodge No. 4 of the Fraternal Order of Police Car Show and Swap Meet were treated to a wide variety and model years of cars, rat rods, trucks and even motorcycles on a bright sunny day.

“We’re going to need a bigger lot,” Don Baird said of the number of entries.

This year’s show was held in the parking lot of the former Sagebrush Steakhouse on Morris Boulevard.

The show is usually held at the same time as Police Memorial Week. A memorial service at noon honored the officers who had died so far this year.

“We had it on the west end of town ad hoc last year,” Baird said. “We kind of put it together at the last minute, moved the dates two or three times and finally got it in.

Baird was pleased with the turnout of cars for this year’s show.

“We’ve had a good turnout today,” he said. “I think I got too small a parking lot.”

The car show and the golf tournament, held in October, helps with the “Cops and Kids” program which gives children of prisoners and some of those less fortunate a chance to shop with a cop for Christmas presents in December.

“It’s a blast,” Baird said. “I love taking the kids shopping.”

Baird told of a child who got a team sports cap for themselves and used the rest of the money on the gift card to buy gifts for the rest of their family.

“Our guys have (also) bought stuff, such as a winter coat for a girl,” Baird said. “A kid that age shouldn’t have to worry about shoes or a winter coat. They should be playing with toys and doing fun stuff.”

Sponsors of this year’s car show included Dr. Warren Stinson, DDS; Captain D’s; Transmissions “r” us; WCRK/WMTN Radio; WJDT/WBGQ Radio; Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union; K&J Auto Sales; East Tennessee Portables; Hamblen County Car Club; Golden Corral; and the Talley Law Group.

Trophies were presented to the Top 50, along with two Best of Show awards.

Donations may be made to the Cops and Kids fund by sending a donation to 225 West Third North Street, Morristown, TN 37814, or dropping a donation in the jars at Captain D’s and Golden Corral restaurants.