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Weekend car show raises funds for renovations at Milltown Island Park

Children play on inflatables during the 5th Annual Show-N-Shine Car Show Sunday afternoon at Milltown Island Park. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic) 1 / 2
People look over the 104 entries to the 5th Annual Show-N-Shine Car Show Sunday afternoon at Milltown Island Park. (Caitlynn Peetz/Republic)2 / 2

MILLTOWN — A rural Hutchinson County park and campsite that was revived five years ago is seeking more renovations, and a Sunday event helped organizers get closer to their goal.

The Fifth Annual Show-N-Shine Car Show, held at the Milltown Island Park, helped raise funds that will go toward implementing six additional campsites, showers, handicap bathrooms and more, according to Milltown Island Park Association Board Member Brian Stirling.

According to Stirling, 104 entries participated in the car show, skyrocketing the town's population that usually sits at approximately 10. And although the amount of money raised was not immediately available, Stirling said he's confident the event made a "step in the right direction."

"The weather (Sunday) was beautiful, so that really helped get people out and joining in," Stirling said. "We just like bringing people together."

But the renovation project is miniscule compared to the work it took a half-decade ago to revive the park after the 1984 James River flood caused extensive damage, all but destroying the park, which was established in the early 1900s, Stirling said.

In 2012, a group formed creating the nonprofit Milltown Island Park Association, and volunteers worked to renovate the land, officially reopening in September of that year.

And the support has continued to flow in.

The association hosts monthly fundraisers to offset maintenance costs and fundraiser for projects. Upcoming fundraisers include a ribfest in July, bands in August and a fishing tournament in September.