Four years ago, Scott DeGeorge was looking for a way to bring people with similar interests together.
"I wanted to be a part of something," he said. "I just happen to love cars and I knew enough people who also liked cars, so I formed a car club."
On Aug. 3, the car club — The Headliners — will bring their cars to the Washington County Fairgrounds for a vintage motor fair.
They'll also be bringing other activities. DeGeorge said the event won't be a typical car show.
"So many of these car shows, you go and park on the street or in a parking lot and then people just sit by their cars," he said.
While that is great, DeGeorge said members wanted to step it up and offer an event that was family-friendly, so they are incorporating other activities.
"Kickn' it in the Stix" is the theme for the vintage motor fair. The event will feature car and motorcycle shows, a vendor swap meet, mini-bike races, silent and live auctions and raffles. There will also be a bouncy house with slip-n-slide, a mechanical bull and music from live bands.
Attendees will also be able to purchase food from vendors and food trucks.
Gates will open at 11 a.m. and the events will go into the evening, DeGeorge said.
The fair is free and open to the public.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Roots to Wings, an Arlington-based nonprofit organization aimed at offering employment opportunities and improving the quality of life for those with disabilities. The group's vision is to recognize life-long learners of all ability levels, in a small rural community. The group operates a retail store in Arlington.
DeGeorge said the car club, based out of Omaha, loves to give back to the community, especially smaller ones such as Arlington. He said club members spent about a year looking for a venue to host this first-time event and, in addition to fitting in its budget, the space at the fairgrounds was perfect for what they had planned.
He also liked the small-town feel of Arlington.
"Some of our members grew up in a small town and remember hanging out at the fair," he said. "We want to try and bring that small-town feel and family togetherness with this event." It seemed liked a really good fit."
Once a venue was chosen, members were looking for an organization they could support. They learned about Roots to Wings from an Arlington resident.
"My wife, Beth, knows Stacey Nelson from Home Grown Wellness," DeGeorge said. "She suggested we talk to them."
The meeting with Linda Menking, executive director for Roots to Wings, lasted about three hours and, afterward DeGeorge said, club members believed Roots to Wings was the perfect fit.
"They are super-nice people," he said. "It's a great cause. It was a no-brainer for us."
Menking is grateful The Headliners chose Roots to Wings as the beneficiary of the event.
"It's amazing," she said. "The whole community and surrounding areas have been so amazing as far as thinking of us and wanting to help us."
If all goes well, DeGeorge hopes The Headliners can make the vintage motor fair an annual event and possibly join forces with other groups.
"If there's another charity in town that could benefit from it, we are open to talking to anyone," he said. "If they are nice enough to let us do it in their town, we'd love to give back to anybody who could use it."
For more information on the vintage motor fair, including how to enter a car or motorcycle in the show, visit the club on its Facebook page — The Headliners Omaha.