Central Missouri residents enjoy car show to benefit local dog rescue | News

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COLOMBIA — A spring fever car show drew Missourians to Jefferson City on Saturday. People enjoyed a day of cars, food, vendors and crafts. The event raised funds for a local non-profit dog rescue organization.

More than 50 cars from central Missouri and a dozen salespeople joined the car show.

“Everyone played their part in participating in our goal,” said Jessica DeFreece, the organizer. “So we are raising funds for land and equipment so that we can erect this ideal and make it a reality.”

Proceeds will help Muttz to Miracles Rescue and Rehabilitation Centers secure funds to build a nonprofit animal shelter in Cole County.

“Our hope is to also reduce recidivism rates of returns to shelters,” DeFreece said. “And so we can work with animals to have better socialization skills, to be fitter in a family home.”

Auto show attendees and visitors alike enjoyed the event designed to help animals.

Jefferson City resident Tracy Perkins came to the car show with her dog.

“I just went out to see cars and see old trucks and stuff and kind of support for something that helps animals,” Perkins said.

Harold Horstmann and his wife Sharon Horstmann drove a 1965 Ford Mustang to the car show. Although they have participated in several auto shows before, this was the first time they joined the Spring Fever Auto Show.

“We like to do this particular auto show that’s part of it, for a good purpose, you know, where the entry fee goes for good,” Horstmann said.

DeFreece said he already saved $2,500, but the goal of this event was to double the amount. Their end goal is to raise at least $100,000 or $200,000.

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