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Santa will be the star at Plymouth Speedway Saturday

PLYMOUTH — We aren’t expecting snow, but it will be Christmas in July at the Plymouth Speedway Saturday night.

Teaming up with the Plymouth FOP Lodge #195, Plymouth Speedway is hoping to raise money to help less fortunate kids have a great Christmas as part of the annual “Shop with a Cop and Emergency Services” program that has helped so many in Marshall County over the years.

“(Plymouth Speedway Owner) Ed Kennedy loves to be involved with any program that helps kids,” said Sara Tarlton, the track’s race director. “The Plymouth Speedway is a family-oriented, family-friendly place and this program is part of that. We want to help the community and make a difference in Marshall County and this is a way to make that happen.”

“This is something we’ve actually been talking about for several years now and it really is a natural fit for what we do,” said Hurschel Hunter, president of FOP 195 and one of the founders of the Shop with a Cop and Emergency Services program. “Ed (Kennedy) is very involved with lots of youth programs, especially in his home state of Florida and Georgia and I know he’s always wanted to be involved here in Marshall County. We’ve been refining the idea and I think we’ve finally hit on something.”

What they’ve hit on is Santa.

“We’ve been able to convince Santa to make the long trip here during the summer just to make a special appearance for the race Saturday,” said Hunter. “He (Santa) always seems to be willing to make a special appearance when we ask him to help us out.”

Santa will make his appearance at the Playground of Power meeting and greeting all his fans in attendance, taking a trip around the track and walking through the grandstands to meet the kids. He’s also been given the important job of waving the green flag to start racing for the night.

“We are going to have another special event Saturday with bike races,” said Tarlton. “Any kid who wants to bring their bike out will be able to be part of the races and we will be having bike giveaways. Wal-Mart will provide us with a pair of bikes to give away to a pair of lucky kids this week.”

In addition to the bikes, there will be a raffle for numerous prizes. Each raffle ticket will be $1 and gives each purchaser a shot at passes to Holiday World and Indiana Caverns, the Indianapolis Zoo, Deep River Water Park as well as Hoosier Racing items and free admissions to the Plymouth Speedway.

At intermission, drivers will make their way through the crowd passing their helmets hoping to raise money for the Shop with a Cop program.

Any fan who wants will be able to have their picture taken with Santa during the evening.

“Saturday night is really going to be all about the kids,” said Tarlton.

“We’re excited about this partnership with Plymouth Speedway,” added Hunter. “It is really one of the finest facilities in the midwest and we hope lots of families will come out and see for themselves Saturday and maybe help another family at the same time.”

In addition to the special events, a normal night of racing — except no Pro Sprints this week— starts at 7 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. Adults are $12; children 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $30.

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