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Illinois Church Revs Up Community Fun


They buffed up the paint and revved up the engines for the annual Family Classics Car Show at Orland Park (Ill.) Christian Reformed Church.

More than 500 people strolled the church grounds on September 14 to show off their cars or simply enjoy a night of fun.

Anyone in the community was welcome to bring a car. There were about 120 on display. Car owners shared their knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm with those who came out. “Community members really enjoy it,” said Samantha Kroese, an event organizer and the church’s education coordinator. “They always say they wish we could do it more often.”

The event included dinner and a kids’ carnival. Free-will donations were accepted to benefit the Orland Park Christian Preschool, located at the church.

Six trophies are awarded each year: best engine, best paint, best license plate, participants’ choice, and the two most coveted trophies; pastors’ choice and kids’ choice.

“Church members love the opportunity to share our church and have a fun night for the whole family,” Kroese added. “It’s a great way to get people to our church who might not come on a Sunday morning.”

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