A community tradition continues in Follansbee. The three day long event called "Community Days" attracts everyone from model car enthusiasts to volunteers who raise money for community organizations.
The Follansbee Community comes together every year, but a change of venue has allowed more room for live entertainment, food vendors and a car cruise. It all happened at Follansbee Park for this year's Community Days. Co-chair Tom Ludewig says the move has improved many aspects of the event.
"It's so much more open and roomy up here. I really don't think we could have got the crowds that we had here last night downtown in the street. The street's just too narrow."
The crowds came out to see the hundreds of model cars that filled the lot at Lyle's Auto where the 2nd Annual Car Cruise was held in conjunction with Follanbee Community Days.
Ohio Valley Motor Park Club President, But Rotellini, says this is the second year that Lyle's benefit show and the Community Days car show have joined forces to put on a bigger and better car cruise.
"We've been doing these benefits since '94 and as a motor park club, and I've been on this committee with Community Days for about 15 years. I've been doing their shows. This year we combined with Lyle's."
Having a good time can be a great way to raise money. Dave Lyle's goal is to raise $10,000 to donate to juvenile diabetes. He says the competition was stiff as only a handful of trophies were awarded to hundreds of participants.
"We've got 20 trophies plus a best of show trophy. We've got lots of stuff to bid on, silent auctions and Chinese auctions, and again all the proceeds go to juvenile diabetes research."
Ludewig says he plans on improving and expanding Community Days each year. He's planning something special for next year's 20th anniversary!