Memorial Car and Bike Show Furthers Dague’s Mission

TRIADELPHIA – Wheeling Lions Club member Dan Dague started a mission in 2002 to give car and bike owners a chance to get together and have a good time while helping those less fortunate obtain vision treatment.

Eleven years later, that mission continues in the annual Dan Dague Memorial Car and Bike Show at The Highlands.

The show, sponsored by Lions of West Virginia District 29-L, is scheduled for Monday on Cabela Drive off of Interstate 70, exit 10. Activities at this year’s show include 50/50 raffles, auctions, special classes and numerous awards, such as 600 dash plaques and more than 165 other trophies. There also will be food vendors and other booths to explore.

Registration will be from 8 a.m. until noon. Car judging takes place from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., with the award ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

All proceeds from the car and bike show will benefit the West Virginia Lions Sight Foundation.

The event is free to spectators who just want to come and look around.

There is an entry fee for competitors.

Dan Dague died in 2008 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital in Glen Dale after an extensive battle with cancer, according to friend and fellow Lion Jeff Baxter.

But Baxter said Dague’s mission lives on.

“We provide operations and glaucoma testing for patients that fall through the cracks,” Baxter said, noting the patients the car show aims to help are those whose treatment is not covered by either public health services or insurance.

Eva Dague, Dan’s widow, said the show started in Wetzel County before moving to Elm Grove and finally to Cabela Drive, where it remains. She said Dan Dague was devoted to the event.

“He took pride in this project,” Eva Dague said. “This was one of his favorite things to do. He was so fond of helping those less fortunate who did not have the money or insurance they needed.”

The Sight Foundation used last year’s funds to purchase vision testing equipment that can be used on patients as young as 6 months old. Eva Dague said the funds were able to purchase one machine with enough to cover about half the cost of another left over.

Car and bike show participants can expect to see kindred spirits from all over the nation, according to Baxter. He said the 2011 show saw 1,400 cars alone, with a large group of motorcycles also displayed. He said there were vehicles from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky and Minnesota.

“We’ve had cars from just about every part of the country,” Baxter said. “This is the largest car and bike show in the tri-state area.”

In case of inclement weather, the show’s rain date would by Sept. 8 at the same location.