TOGUS – Car, motorcycle and truck enthusiasts will cruise into Togus on Sunday, not to show off or gawk at each other’s rides, but to honor veterans.

The event will raise money — organizers hope at least $8,000 — to help the recreation department at Togus buy adaptive equipment to help veterans with disabilities participate in outdoor activities.

The event is organized by the midcoast-based Rusty Nuts Car Club. An estimated 500 participants will motor to Togus with classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, and the public is welcome. A sweet ride isn’t required.

“People can come on a bicycle if they want,” said Connie Hartley, an organizer of the event. “It’s all about the veterans. It’s not a car show. It’s a group of folks who believe in supporting the people who have served our country and now may be challenged by some physical disabilities. We want to raise some money so those folks can enjoy the pleasures of life.”

Those who want to join a parade of vehicles to Togus may meet at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Post on Route 17 in Augusta. The Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps will lead the parade.

At 11 a.m. there will be a blessing, military color guard ceremony and guest speakers. A barbecue luncheon follows at noon. The rain date is Aug. 22.


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