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After a rain postponement, a downtown drive-in event will steer in to the court square this Saturday, April 12.

The third-annual “Drive In to Drive Out Drugs,” a partnership between the Sampson County Meth Task Force, Clinton Main Street Program and Eastpointe, aims to bring a fun, family event to the masses while raising money toward drug awareness and prevention programs in local schools.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Sampson youth through the Task Force’s educational programs, specifically funding “Stay on Track” early intervention materials for the county’s sixth graders.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the west end of the Sampson County Courthouse and is $20 per vehicle. Spectators are free. Registrants and donors will receive a free drink coupon to be used at participating downtown businesses , including Alfredo’s, Andy’s/Hwy 55, and Butler’s Pharmacy. There will also be a 50/50 drawing to raise additional funds for “Stay on Track.”

The Task Force addresses substance abuse issues by emphasizing education and drug use prevention in an effort to ease the burden of suppression and intervention ultimately placed on the shoulders of law enforcement. Developed to serve as the group’s signature fundraising event, the drive-in has raised nearly $4,000 to aid that effort in its first two years.

Again this year, the Drive-In will be a family-friendly event featuring motorcycles, cars, trucks, tractors, emergency service, business vehicles and even an “Ugly truck” contest. Music will be provided by Robert Stroud of the Boogie Shoes Network and there will be line dancing.

Saturday’s festivities, which extend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will also include the first-annual “Battle of the Badges” competition between the Clinton Fire Department and Clinton Police Department, pitting firefighters and law enforcement officers against each other in some good-spirited competition.

The hope, through the annual drive-in, is that people from Clinton and Sampson County, and beyond, will gather locally to enjoy a pleasant event for a worthy cause. Department of Social Services director Sarah Bradshaw, a member of the Meth Task Force, said event organizers want to see another successful community event, which would mean another positive outcome for local children and adults alike.

“It takes an entire community working together to combat drug abuse and it’s negative impact on individuals and families,” she said.

For more information, call 910-299-4904 or visit www.methdeath.org. Those wishing to make a donation to the Task Force can make checks payable and mail to: Sampson County Meth Task Force, P.O. Box 1105, Clinton N.C. 28329.

Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 121 or via email at cberendt@civitasmedia.com.

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