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Downtown Hiram business group to host inaugural event
by Bill Baldowski
August 12, 2014 01:31 PM | 2341 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>From left are Gary Weekley, event coordinator Debbie Lewallen and Jeff Freeman, owner of this 1969 Camaro Rally Sport.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
From left are Gary Weekley, event coordinator Debbie Lewallen and Jeff Freeman, owner of this 1969 Camaro Rally Sport.
When a group, especially a business-related one, decides officially to become a state-sanctioned organization its members typically want to debut with a bang.

However, the Olde Town Hiram Business Association, which was incorporated by the state in April, has decided to introduce itself to the Hiram community using the roar of hot rod engines as its calling card.

The association, headed by its first president, Gary Weekley, will host its first community event, Hot Rod Madness, Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. in downtown Hiram.

In addition to the vehicle exhibition, the free event will feature live music, vendors and a raffle.

“It is through this show that we want to introduce the Olde Town Hiram Business Association to our community and invite our residents, and even those from outside our city limits, to come back to the downtown Hiram area and see what it has to offer,” Weekley said.

He said the association has worked hard since beginning operations to have an immediate impact on the community and sees this event as a good first step.

Also featured at the show will be a reproduction of the famed “General Lee” hot rod auto from the “Dukes of Hazzard” television series, which ran from 1979 through 1985.

Weekley said the cars will be judged for awards in three categories.

The first is the Mayor’s Award, which Hiram Mayor Doris Devey will select as her favorite car in the show.

This will be followed by the People’s Choice Award, which will be decided by a vote of those in attendance, and then the Hot Rod Madness Award, which will be the choice of the panel of judges from the Hot Rod Madness organization.

The local group has been around for four years and is comprised of hot rod car and truck enthusiasts, said Debbie Lewallan, event coordinator for the business association.

“These are the types of cars that, as young adults, many of our residents likely wanted to own,” Weekley said.

Although hoping “Hot Rod Madness” is a success, the new business association already is planning another community event Sept. 20 – a revival of “Old Town Hiram Days” organized for many years in the past.

“We feel it is important for our organization to bring this back as a community event to promote the city,” Weekley said, adding that details are in the works.

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