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Drag cars and show cars of all types were on display Saturday at the Bonne Terre Drag Strip for the Autos 4 Autism charity event to benefit Visions of Hope.

Jessica Harmon is secretary of Visions of Hope, and one of the organizers for the fourth annual event.

“Autos 4 Autism benefits Visions of Hope Vocational Training Program which is tailored for those individuals on the autism spectrum,” she said.  

According to their website, Visions of Hope is a 501(c)3 vocational and social skills training program geared to increase the employment opportunities for teens/adults with autism spectrum disorder and similar challenges. Their training takes place in a real-world work environment at the Dress 2 Impress Resale Shop in downtown Farmington.

Harmon described the activities for the day.

“We’re really excited," she said. "We have our car show finishing up here soon and then we’re going to have drag racing. We also are going to have a car crush, which is human demolition of two cars out in the field. We have great food, fun, free games and prizes for the kids, and music. We have a silent auction, 50-50 raffle and t-shirts and hoodies [for sale].”

The original schedule had called for a demonstration by the “High Roller” monster truck at noon. Unfortunately, planned repairs on the truck took longer than planned and were not completed in time.

Crowd numbers were not yet available, however Harmon said that attendance last year was around 1,000, and with the good weather she expected to draw as many or more this year. She noted that the biggest draw in attendance was the drag racing.

“We’re real excited about all of the community support and all of the people coming out today,” Harmon said. “It’s amazing — each year gets better and better. We really appreciate Bonne Terre Drag Strip especially, and then all of our sponsors.”

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Mark Marberry is a reporter for the Farmington Press and Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3629, or at mmarberry@farmingtonpressonline.com.

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