Columbiana Co. car show stocks local food pantries

The Columbiana County Power Sports Weekend runs through Sunday

LISBON, Ohio (WYTV) – The Power Sports Weekend to benefit the Columbiana County Food Bank began Friday evening at the fairgrounds in Lisbon.

The weekend started with a car cruise, bringing collectors from all over the area.

“It’s gonna be a full weekend event. It’s pretty inexpensive entertainment for the whole family,” said Columbiana County Fairgrounds President John Wolf.

The Cruisin Crew hosts car shows throughout the county to stock local food pantries. In six years, it’s donated enough money to purchase 800,000 pounds of food.

“Last year, we took on five additional food pantries. We gave them pretty close to 30,000 pounds,” Eugene Johnson said. “This year, we hope to make over one million pounds.”

Johnson has loved cars since he was a kid but his favorite part of The Cruisin Crew is giving back.

“Knowing we’re doing something good, giving back to the communities, stuff like that.”

Ray Griggy, of Leetonia, purchased a 1929 Ford Model A off of eBay and drove down to Arkansas to get it. He brings it to most of The Cruisin Crew meets.

“He’s doing it for a good cause and plus anyone you talk to is great people here,” Griggy said.

Jim Smith, of Canfield, upgraded his 1990 Dodge Dakota after his daughter went to college. Now he calls it one of his toys.

“Mine really isn’t a show truck, it’s a go truck. It’s fast, it’s very fast,” he said.

The Columbiana County Power Sports Weekend runs through Sunday. All three days, there will be a car show with music and food.

On Saturday, there will be a tractor pull starting at 6 p.m.

For more information about the event, including admission cost, visit the Columbiana County Fair website.

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