Annual Cruisn the Grove auto show benefits Meals on Wheels

It’s the weekend of classic cars polished to perfection in Forest Grove, but at the local senior and community center, there’s a Flintstone Mobile.

Fred and Wilma’s signature vehicle, owned by the Tualatin Valley Gem and Rock Club, along with trucks, cars, tractors and anything else that operates on an engine, will raise funds for Meals on Wheels in Forest Grove Saturday, July 20, at Cruisn’ the Grove, held in the Forest Grove Senior & Community Center parking lot and along Douglas Street and 21st Avenue.

Entries in past years range from 1950s Thunderbirds to modern cars, from the classic to comical. Doherty Ford — an event sponsor along with Bethel Full Gospel Church — will also bring a few new vehicles to show off.

According to Theresa Carter, Forest Grove Meals on Wheels manager, the organization delivers about 85 meals a day in the Forest Grove area, and serves about 50 lunches every day at the senior center in addition. On liver and onions day, the crowd is closer to 100.

The Meals on Wheels program is “extremely important and a valued service,” said John Schallberger, executive director at the FGSCC.

The majority who attend the week-day lunches are regulars, Schallberger said, and a lot of them “depend on this hot meal.”

“We’re grateful we are able to partner with Meals on Wheels,” he said. “This service has been provided since the center’s inception in the early 1970s.”

For $15, owners can enter their prized vehicles for a chance to win the Peoples’ Choice Award, awards by decade and the coveted Best of Show. Entrants will receive a dash plaque with show information and date, and a free breakfast.

All money raised at the event stays in Forest Grove, Carter said.

Admission is free, and there will be a barbeque, raffle, live music and a beer garden provided by Grendel’s. Attendees can pay $1 to sit in the Flintstone Mobile for a photo-op.

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