Cars, toys and fun in Pickens

Hot rods were on display last Saturday in downtown Pickens for the second annual Country Santa Toy and Food Drive. More than 450 toys and $5,000 in donations were raised. A pickup truck full of food was split between two Upstate food pantries. There were still toy boxes that hadn’t been brought in as of Tuesday, so organizers believe this year’s event brought in at least 10 times last year’s total. Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry was among the event’s attendees, and even old St. Nick himself showed up in a hot rod.