Pine Ridge, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Midlands Girls’ Softball organization held a successful Spring Festival, fun-day, and car show Saturday at their ball complex on Fish Hatchery Road in Pine Ridge. The weather was clear but hot, yet that didn’t stop all who attended from enjoying the day of fun. There were games, vendors, food, a home run derby, a car show that was in its first year, and the end of the season trophy ceremony. Girls’ were the featured guests but there were parents, siblings, and guests enjoying the day as well.
The car show drew 13 entries this year, a respectable number of cars for a first-year show. The show was judge by Pine Ridge’s Mayor Robert Wells, Police Chief Nicholas Scott, and Paul Kirby, the owner and editor of The Lexington Ledger, and the girls from the MGS teams, who selected the “Team Choice” award. Only Wells knew much about vintage cars, so this show was fun because it was more about which cars were eye pleasing and fun than specification correct. There were several cars of note in the show including an illustrious red Chevrolet Nomad from the 50’s that’s won show after show here locally and just about everywhere. There was also a gorgeous yellow late 60’s or early 70’s Dodge Charger that was nearly just out of the show room stock, a 100% certified factory stock Ford Galaxy that was a manufacturer’s experimental drag racing edition, and a 60’s model Volkswagen Beetle that was also as if it sat on the floor of the showroom with a young college bound student circling it while his parents worked out the details and paperwork with the sales staff. In the end, just about everyone got a trophy in the categories of Best Ford 1st and 2nd place, Best GMC 1st and 2nd place, Best Mopar 1st and 2nd Place, Best Import 1st and 2nd Place, Closest to 100% Stock, and Best in Show. Also, the last and final was that Team Choice trophy that all the girls got to vote on.
In other areas the vendors hawked their wares while shoppers strolled, Silly’s Sno-Balls was doing a brisk business, several DJ’s played tunes, the dunk-tank was getting a real workout, and a crew painted the face of anyone who desired to be decorated. There were children of all ages enjoying ballpark fare like hotdogs, drinks, and chips.
The day would have to be called a success as is the park and the program. It’s a wonderful way to get girls involved in something that’s outdoors, fun, and physical. For more information about the programs of the Midlands Girls’ Softball and its programs,visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MidlandsGirlsSoftball.