Car enthusiasts came out to the Buford City Arena on a beautiful Saturday to check out more than 100 cars of various makes and models at the inaugural Buford Middle School Car Show.

Scenes from the Buford Middle School Car Show fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Lauren Larson.

On Saturday, May 15, Buford Middle School held its first-ever car show at the arena. The car show served as the school’s primary fundraiser for the year. The proceeds from the show, which totaled more than $6,500, will go to purchase instructional materials for the students at BMS.

The car show drew a crowd of close to 2,000 people who came out to see the 129 cars that entered the show to compete for bragging rights in three categories. The categories were Administration’s Choice, Best High Schooler’s Vehicle and Top 20 People’s Choice

Organizers of the event wanted to have a well-rounded show that would appeal to many, so they opted to have vendors and food trucks on hand. Local businesses donated items that were bid on during the event’s silent auction. The silent auction items included a Falcons’ tickets basket, a UGA basket with a Dooney & Bourke purse, lawn equipment, hand-made wooden table charcuterie boards, a home organization gift card and more.

Scenes from the Buford Middle School Car Show. Photo courtesy of Lauren Larson.

Local law enforcement agencies were present to show off their vehicles and spread good will. The Georgia State Patrol brought out its state troopers and SWAT division. Gwinnett County Sheriff Keybo Taylor and others with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office spent the day getting to know members of the Buford community. Even Buford City Schools Police Department got in on the fun and opened up their vehicles to the public.

The event wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of the event’s nine sponsors. Buford Middle School would like to thank its platinum level sponsors, Kia Mall of Georgia, The Gwin Team, Guaranty Mortgage and Volvo Mall of Georgia; gold level sponsors, Akins Ford, Ewing Motor Company and Peach State Realty; and silver level sponsors, the North Gwinnett Voice and Dale and Carla Bradford.

Buford Middle School would also like to thank all of the staff members who volunteered their time to make the event a success, as well as other community volunteers. 

The car enthusiasts community in the area was phenomenal and the level of participation has ensured that this becomes a yearly event.

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