The (Car) Show Must Go On

The rags were out and automobile enthusiasts set to work as soon as the rain passed on Monday afternoon, just in time to hear the prize announcements and wrap up the annual Dan Dague Memorial District 29-L Lions Club Car and Bike Show for Sight on Cabela Drive in Wheeling.

Despite the rain, Eva Dague said the 2014 event was a success.

“It went very well,” Dague said as she prepared to announce this year’s winners for over 165 trophies. “We have 331 cars and we have 20 motorcycles.”

According to Dague, the event is held every year to raise money for people with eyesight or hearing problems. Events to raise funds include the show itself, then the proceeds from refreshment sales, raffles, and a live auction. Dague said the goal every year is to raise at least $10,000.

It is held in honor of her late husband, Dan Dague, who founded the car show in 2002. He died in 2008 at Reynolds Memorial Hospital, Glen Dale, after an extensive battle with cancer.

For car owners participating in the show, the cause is only one of many benefits that draw them back every year.

For Gary Staslowski, proud owner of a 1963 Dodge that he has had since 1981, the wide variety of vehicles and people keeps the vent interesting.

“I’ve done a lot of shows. There’s a lot of people here; a lot of different groups. It attracts a diverse crowd,” Staslowski said.

Adam and Heather Baldwin, owners of a 1981 Camaro, had their own favorite parts of the day.

“You always know there’s going to be a good turnout,” Adam Baldwin said.

“The awards are always nice, too,” Heather Baldwin said.

From Washington, Pa. Tim Gordon and his 1977 Trans Am consider the Dan Dague Memorial Show one of the nicest in the area.

“It’s local, it’s big. It’s got a good turnout, and everybody’s really nice,” Gordon said as he wiped the last bit of moisture from the hood.

Eva Dague said the proceeds from Monday will still need to be added up to determine if this year’s event met the goal, but she was optimistic as the event wore down. According to the show’s website, this year’s earnings will go toward buying equipment to test eyesight in children as young as 6 months old.

“On Behalf of the Lions of West Virginia and the children we help, thank you for your continued support,” Dague said.