BROWNBURG — The Brownsburg Fire Territory (BFT) hosted the first annual 9/11 Memorial Car Show and Festival sponsored by Bill Estes Ford on Saturday at Williams Park, with proceeds benefiting the memorial.
The festivities, which ran from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., included a car show, IndyCar rides, a children’s area, food, a vehicle extrication demonstration by the BFT, and a silent auction.
Daniel Hendry helped put the car show together.
“I’m a firefighter from Greencastle, but I’m also a president of a car club called Indy Carmada,” he said. “They asked me to put on some sort of a car event — like a car show. I figured if we’re doing a car show and we have the whole park, why not just put a big festival on for kids and adults and give a little bit of everything for everybody.”
Stephanie Martindale, BFT public information officer, said the memorial, which will feature a piece of steel from one of the Twin Towers, has been in the works for some time.
“This new committee just started at the beginning of January 2013,” she said. “We have an actual design now. Blackline Studio out of Plainfield has designed it … and the parks department has approved to put it where the gazebo is (at the entrance of Williams Park). What they’re going to do is move the gazebo to another part of the park so it can be still used and then the memorial will actually go in that (area).”
Martindale said they’re hoping to have the memorial done by September 2014.
“We’ve got to have about 50 to 75 percent of the money raised before we can actually (start),” she said. “We’re looking at about $100,000 is what we need.”
In the meantime, she said there have been a lot of people step forward with other donations.