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"Endless Summer Car Show" nears $90,000 in proceeds for Vets Home

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The 18th Annual Endless Summer Car Show at the Illinois Veterans Home is the largest one to date, all to benefit the activities fund at the Illinois Veterans Home.

Leonard Jarrett has lived at the Illinois Veterans Home for two years.

He served in the Air Force from 1956 until 1977.

For the past couple of years he's attended the annual car show in Quincy.

"Well we got a lot of cars here, some that I reminiscence with, and some I gotta ask what it is," said Jarrett.

More than 250 vehicles were on display on the Veterans Home grounds.

Tri-State Lugnuts Car Club President Charlie Ledbetter said, "Means more revenue that we're gonna bring in and with that means the profits we make from this show all come back here to the Veterans Home."

Cars from all over the Tri-State area took part in the competition. It's not just which car wins the division. The goal is always to raise more money each year.

"Over the past 17 years, we've given them back just a tad over $90,000 so our goal is by our 20th year we want to give them $100,000," said Ledbetter.

Ron Wade from Keokuk, Iowa travels all over the country showing off his car. He says he built this car with a close friend. His favorite visits are the ones that bring him home to the Tri-State area.

"A great deal for the community, a great deal for the veterans. Like I say I am a veteran myself, Vietnam. It's really great that they do it for the veterans and it works because they really like it I think here," said Wade.

Each year the car show is held the weekend after Labor Day and they are already planning for next year.

Tri-States Lugnuts Car Club hosts the event along with many area sponsors.

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