Local drive-in tradition raises money for kids in need

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - What started as something for visitors to do, has evolved into a summer tradition for charity.

What’s colloquially known as the ‘Wendy’s Drive-In’ started around 27 years ago. President of the Pioneer Antique Auto Club, Roy Meredith, said that all the money they raise goes toward the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, or toward scholarship money for the kids impacted by the foundation. They’ve given thousands of dollars over the years.

But charity isn’t the only reason people come out.

“All the friends you have, you get to be friends over the years, well you help them out, and they help you out. Just a good life among the people,” said Willard Sampson, a participant.

The auto show costs fifteen dollars to enter, and typically runs the first Saturday of the month June through October.