The Hermitage Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue is holding an 83 mile cruise to help raise money.
Chief Jeff Fleming said this type of fundraiser is a first and felt trying this car cruise would be safe after COVID cancelled all 2020 fundraising. Fleming said that registration starts at 10:00 AM and the cars will start riding at noon on April 10.
“We’re going to meet up at the Hermitage Springs Park, which is across from our fire hall,” Fleming said. “We’re going to leave from there and go down to Granville, Tennessee and then kick back through Defeated Creek and then back to Hermitage Springs.”
Fleming said participants are welcome to bring any street legal vehicle for the cruise. The cost to register is $10 per vehicle.
“Me and my son we’ve got old 1970 and 1980 model Chevrolet,” Fleming said. “I’ve got a couple of friends with some old Mopars, like a 1970 Satellite and a 1960 Falcon, I believe it is. They enjoy driving those.
Fleming said that all the money from this event and the BBQ being provided goes back to the Fire Department and Rescue Squad. He said fundraising is essential to paying their utility bills and repairing equipment during volunteer operations.
“It’s been impossible, last year there was no fundraising,” Fleming said. “COVID shutdown everything of course, and we didn’t get to do anything. So this year we are behind the eight-ball, we are struggling trying to come up with new ways and it’s been rough.”
Fleming said he expects the cruise to take a little under two hours to complete. On April 10, registration opens at 10:00 AM, the cruise begins at noon and food will be available to purchase with all proceeds going to support the Hermitage Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue.