BROWNSVILLE, TN: (October 2, 2010) The Tennessee Trash Car Show in Brownsville, Tenn., will celebrate its 31st Anniversary Sunday, October 17. The show is one of only a handful in the area that has been held consistently for this period of time.
The club began in 1978 when Tim Sills, David Duke and Jim Mayer began fixing up old cars and traveling to areas show, some as far away as Indianapolis. Eventually these three decided they should organize their own and the first Tennessee Trash Car Show was held in 1979. The title “Tennessee Trash” is taken from the old Tennessee Dept. of Tourism song about keeping Tennessee beautiful.
While the actual ‘club’ no longer exists, former members and a few newcomers continue the tradition that raises money for Haywood County charities. The Multiple Disability Class has been the beneficiary of the show’s proceeds for most of the 31 years.
“This is something we love and it’s a way for us to give back to our community,” says Sills. Over the years, the event has contributed more than $100,000 to local charities.
After 31 years the group is showing no signs of slowing down. On the contrary, this year they have hosted two cruise-in events on the grounds of the College Hill Center in Brownsville’s Historic District. Proceeds from the cruise-ins have benefited the local Humane Society. The September TN Trash-Bash Cruizin’ was a two-day show and included a concert.
The 31st Annual Tennessee Trash Car Show will be held at the WOW/Elma Ross Public Library parking lot on the corner of East Main Street and Boyd Ave., in Brownsville. Participants are asked to register between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Entry fees are $25 per car. Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m., and winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. There will be classes for all entries.
With 100+ cars participating, Sills estimates that crowds reach well into the thousands during the daylong event. For more information, contact Tim Sills, 731-780-6061; Wayne McCool, 731-772-9276; or Joe Sills, 731-780-1356.