Travis Wegener car show, flotilla are Saturday

Sandra ClarkOur Town Outdoors

Come on out Saturday, Aug. 10, for the fifth annual Travis Wegener Car Show. Get lunch fresh off the grill and enjoy the cars on display. The car show runs from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Powell High School, 2136 W. Emory Road. A free, family float down Beaver Creek – the second annual Flotilla – will start at 10 a.m. behind Powell High’s baseball field.

Travis Wegener

The car show memorializes Travis Wegener, who died Aug. 15, 2014, at age 28. Travis was a past president of the Tennessee Valley Mustang Club and was active at Sharon Baptist Church. Those two organizations, along with the PBPA and the Wegener family, rally to support the car show as a fund-raiser for Enhance Powell. To date, almost $20,000 has been raised.

Sage Kohler, State Farm agency owner, was president of the Powell Business and Professional Association when Enhance Powell was launched. She also knew Travis and suggested the pairing. She says:

“Travis was an amazing young man who always had a big smile and energetic enthusiasm to accomplish whatever the day brought. He was passionate about his landscaping business (as well as his Mustang and family) and that passion for making the outdoors more beautiful was what led to the idea of honoring him after his death – by establishing the ‘Enhance Powell’ fund. So much has been done through this fund. … I know he would be pleased!”

Powell High School will be open with vendor booths and rest rooms inside. Some 100 cars were registered last year. Sharon Baptist Church members cook food donated by Food City; members of PBPA sell lunch with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Enhance Powell fund.

Ever wonder about the impact of one man? Take a look at what we’ve accomplished with Enhance Powell:

The money raised at the car show has leveraged investments by local government, businesses and individuals to:

  • Expand Powell Station Park with a 9-hole disc golf course;
  • Design plans for a greenway and water trail on Beaver Creek;
  • Install sidewalks at Powell Elementary and Middle schools; and
  • Support Dr. Bob Collier’s generous donation of 12 acres for the Collier Preserve adjacent to Powell Branch Library on Beaver Creek. Legacy Parks Foundation has acquired a grant to build out the former farm with walking trails and a boardwalk, making it accessible for all.

We envision future enhancements to include:

  • An interstate- and creek-accessible dog park;
  • A landscaped linear park from Powell Middle School to Clinton Highway;
  • A revitalized Historic Powell Station business district; and
  • Permanent, convenient put-ins so families with limited time can enjoy Beaver Creek.

Enhance Powell: You are invited to dream and play with us. Sign up at the car show food concession area to get on the email list or check the Facebook page. Who is the boss of this? Why, you are – we all are. Travis Wegener would have been right in the middle of it. Actually, he is.

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