About 3,500 people attended the inaugural Jimmy Smooth’s Creepin’ Show in Cedar Hill on Saturday, said Vicky James, one of the organizers.
The event, which was held on Mall Drive, included a rat rod car show, live music, vendors and fireworks.
James, the chief operating officer for Chapel Hill Mortuary in Cedar Hill, said the event raised more than $20,000 for local charities, including Hoofprints on My Heart, the Peace Pantry, the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest R-1 School District lunch program, CHADS Coalition, the SSM Health cancer program and more.
“We are very grateful for the community that came out,” James said.
Chapel Hill owner Brian May said there were more than 200 entries in the rat rod show, which featured beat-up, rusty or unusual-looking vehicles.
“It’s a custom-created car or truck. A lot of them are made from original parts off a variety of vehicles,” he said.
James said the “rat rod community really takes pride in their cars.”
She said music started around 1 p.m., and the acts included Jeremiah Johnson, Jason Ashley, Aliana Good and Josh Pruno.
A fireworks display also was included.
Before the Creepin’ Show started, the ninth annual Walking for our Children was held, beginning at Northwest High school and ending at Chapel Hill.
James said about 100 rat rods led the walk, which included 180 walkers. James said crews from the High Ridge Fire Protection District also were on hand for the event.
In addition to James and May, other event organizers included Jim Davis, who is known as Jimmy Smooth; Derrick Good, Justin Kellett and Jim Jochens.
May said planning for the event started in February and he was happy with the number of people who attended.
“When people actually attended it was very heartwarming,” he said.
Masks were made available to people who attended, James said, but most did not wear any.