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The 23rd Highway 41 Toy Convoy & Show will roll Sunday Nov. 3 rain or shine and is inviting all vehicles, large and small.

The 23rd Highway 41 Toy Convoy & Show will roll Sunday Nov. 3 rain or shine and is inviting all vehicles, large and small.

There are some major changes to this year’s event. First, the toy convoy has new sponsors including The Iron Horse Pizza owned by Duane Drake and Ben Cataldo, The Town of Wartrace, the Wartrace Fire Department, and EasyOffRoading.Com along with the Friends of Highway 41 and Virgil Tree.

They also have a brand new route. The lineup is still at Raider Academy in Manchester at 865 McMinnville Highway at 10 a.m., and the convoy will roll at noon, an hour earlier than usual, with a police escort, rain or shine.

“Future weather prediction shows 63 degrees and party sunny so we are expecting a huge turn out,” stated Katy Ishee, organizer of the convoy. “Everyone is excited about the new venue.”

Everyone is invited, as long as your vehicle can go 50 MPH safely. “We expect everything from semis, running bobtail, hot rods, motorcycle, rat rods, trucks and jeeps and family cars,” she said. “Everyone is asked to please a bring a new unwrapped toy or two to help brighten Christmas for the area kids and please fly the American flag to salute our military.”

 Admission is $10 per vehicle or $20 to show. A motorcycle, truck, car, hot rod, rat rod, 4 x 4 and Jeep show will follow. All entries must register at the school. No entries accepted in Wartrace. You will also receive 10 entries for the door prize drawings that will take place thru out the day that have been donated by area small businesses.

“Feel free to decorate your ride because we will be giving a trophy for the most patriotic vehicle along with the long distance award and Young at Heart award,” she said. “Our young at heart winner over the years was 96 years young.”

Mayor Vickie Smith of Wartrace remarked, “We are so excited about the toy convoy coming to Wartrace. Everyone is talking about it and we are looking forward to helping anyway we can, and so is our fire department”

Virgil T & the Uncle Tom Band will rock the square with an Allman Brothers Tribute. Special guest is Gillian Leverette. She will also lead the convoy in the Star Spangled Banner and Pledge of Allegiance and perform for the crowd.

The toys collected will be distributed thru the Gene Taylor/Steve Graves Christmas Foundation, Manchester Police and Wartrace Fire Departments.

The route is new this year and will be more of a scenic route than in years past. The convoy will leave the school and take Highway 55 to Highway 41 and turn north at the main light in Manchester. We will travel out to Beech Grove with a police escort and turn west on Highway 64 and down into Wartrace. Folks along the route are encouraged to come out and bring their flags and show their support of the toy convoy.

Iron Horse owners, Ben Cataldo and Duane Drake have been fans of the convoy for years. “I have always wanted to host this event. I think it is a great thing they do for the community and the kids,” stated Cataldo.”We are definitely on board being a sponsor of the convoy. Our fire department is excited, too.”

If you can’t join the convoy but would like to help the kids, toys can be dropped off at the Iron Horse Pizza or City Hall in Wartrace, or at C.A.R.S in Manchester located at 807 McArthur Street in Manchester. Bailey Smokes from Shelbyville and That’s My Dawg from Murfreesboro will be on location.

For any questions contact Katy 931 857 3643.

Duane Sherrill may be reached at dsherrill@tullahomanews.com.

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