Pauls Valley Democrat
Pauls Valley’s police are getting it revved up soon but this time it’s all for fun with a car show and fall festival meant to bring the community together and help a good cause.
Now an annual event, this 18th version of the PV Police Officers Car Show is set to bring the good times to the local downtown area on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Featuring a whole variety of unique cars, trucks and maybe even motorcycles, this next gathering will also include a festival feel with all kinds of vendors and fun inflatables for kids in the train depot area.
For Pauls Valley Police Chief Mitch McGill the event really represents an opportunity for the community to come together for a fun event that really doesn’t hit their wallets.
“We’ll have cars parked on Paul as far down as we need,” McGill said. “You can come out to this event and it not cost you a dime unless you buy something.
“Bring the kids, look at the cars and enjoy the downtown area free of charge.
“This is just a good, community-wide event overall, at least that’s what we hope.”
The event is again expected to feature a variety of street rods, hot rods, antiques, custom cars, along with trucks and cycles — all lined up along Paul Avenue in downtown PV.
Registration for the vehicles will begin at 7 a.m., while the public can check them all out starting around 9 a.m.
A fall festival will join the car show this year as various activities, arts and crafts and vendors will be offered in the train depot area.
“Yes this is a fundraiser but we try to make it a day where you can just come and have fun,” McGill said.
“It’s one day where we’re not the bad guys,” he said jokingly referring to the nature of law enforcement.
The fundraising aspect of the car show is once again gearing toward helping the local department support its officers with equipment and training, especially the reserve officers.
“This is to raise money for our reserve program and any special equipment our officers may need.”
According to McGill, the reserve officers volunteer their time and aren’t on the payroll. However, when on the job they have the full authority of any police officer.
They also require the training and equipment of any full-time officer, he said.
For the PVPD the goal is to have 10 reserve officers available to help out or just be there to fill any personnel gaps.
Money raised from car shows like the one coming up is a big deal in allowing the department to give that little extra to the local officers.
“It’s important because protecting my officers is my number one job,” McGill said.
“They need to have the tools to go home to their families after their shift.”