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Rally in the Valley roars into Hurricane this weekend

August 18, 2018

Ladies and gentlemen will start their engines and show off their four-wheeled favorites at a two-day, automotive extravaganza this weekend at Valley Park in Hurricane.

Making its Putnam County debut this year, Larry Bailey’s Rally in the Valley Open Car Show — foreseen and promoted as Putnam County’s largest of the year — is slated for Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18, at the park.

Organizer and show namesake Bailey had presented similar open car shows for 18 years at the Mound in South Charleston, but space considerations drew him to other venues and the recently renovated Valley Park setting.

“We outgrew that area/′ Bailey said of the South Charleston shows. “We moved to Shawnee Park in Dunbar for the last two years, but its construction and so forth prompted me to look for another site.”

Bailey, a Winfield resident, said Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards contacted him and invited to stage an open car show in the city. “He said, ‘I have a brand-new park if you want to use it.’

“The Rally in the Valley is something Midway Ford came up with years ago. As president of the Mustang Club, I went there a lot. They’re one of the sponsors, so I decided to move it with that name to Valley Park,” Bailey said.

He added that he wanted to make the event a two-day gathering instead of the one-day get-togethers the previous shows had been.

“This year, I split it into a Friday night cruise-in, a free thing where guys can come in and sit and talk and show off their cars.”

Festivities will rev up on Friday with the cruise-in, with area bands performing from 4 until 6 p.m., warming up the stage for a featured concert by The Esquires from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, the open car show event will occur from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The registration fee is $10 per vehicle. Entries will compete for 200 trophies to be awarded, along with 25 specialty awards. The first 200 entrants also receive a show T-shirt.

A swap meet will be held Saturday, as well, with vendor spaces available.

DJ “Super Duper” Charlie Cooper won’t be spinning his wheels on Saturday, either. A favorite fixture at Bailey’s car shows over the years, Cooper will spin Oldies tunes, instead, as a soundtrack to the show.

“It’s really going to be neat

being in that new park. All of the guys I’ve talked to seem excited about it,” Bailey said of the inaugural event.

He said last year’s open car show attracted 324 vehicle entries, about a third of them rolling in from out of state. He said he has visited car shows in Louisville and Columbus, Ohio, recently to invite out-of-state car buffs to the Hurricane assemblage. (“I look for Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky tags,” Bailey revealed.)

The open car shows he has taken part in, coordinated and conducted for more than two decades now and counting are “something I got involved so far back ago, I can’t remember why. I still don’t know why I got involved in it, but here I am. I’m 71. I still love it. I’ll do it until I don’t like doing it,” Bailey said.

For additional information about Rally in the Valley, including vendor space opportunities, contact Larry Bailey at 304-550-2426.

Rally in the Valley sponsors include Midway Ford of Hurricane, JS Breeden Builders, Dunbar Printing and Graphics and Givens Machine Shop.

Metro reporter Clint Thomas can be reached at cthomas@cnpapers.com or by calling 304-348-1232.

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