Wings and Wheels a success for PCMOW

Miss Pickens County Kendyl Chapman and Miss Pickens County Teen Allison Hale pictured with Eddie White, who won “Best in Show” with his 1937 Ford Wild Rod 3-w Roadster.

Miss Pickens County Kendyl Chapman and Miss Pickens County Teen Allison Hale pictured with Eddie White, who won “Best in Show” with his 1937 Ford Wild Rod 3-w Roadster.

LIBERTY — Pickens County Meals on Wheels held its fourth annual Wings and Wheels for Meals on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The event is held each April at the Pickens County Airport and hosted by the Pickens County Pilot’s Association. A proven community favorite, thousands come out in support of Pickens County Meals on Wheels. This year’s event raised just more than $8,163 for the organization.

“Anchor attractions include airplane and helicopter rides as well as a classic and custom car show,” said Skeets Cooper, eirector of Pickens County Airport. “Every year, we are encouraged by the support of the community.”

Runway No. 5 was a bustle of activity as fixed wing airplanes and helicopters offered event-goers a bird’s eye view of Pickens County. Also taxiing for take-off was an open cockpit, bi-wing Steerman flown by Mike Williams.

Each year pilots from the Pickens County Pilot’s Association donate their planes and flying time in support of Meals on Wheels. Pilots Josh Morowitz (Piper Cherokee 6), Jim Justice (Cherokee Warrior), Wayne Hobin (Piper Cherokee Arrow) and Arlie Asay (Cessna 172) flew for five continuous hours, delighting kids of all ages.

“This event would not be possible without the help and hard work of the Pickens County Pilot’s Association, our sponsors and volunteers,” said PCMOW director Meta Bowers. “It is a great event because it involves thousands in our community, demonstrating our willingness to work together to ensure the homebound and elderly are cared for, one meal at a time.”

More than 50 custom cars filled the tarmac for this year’s classic and custom car show. Eddie White won “Best in Show” with his 1937 Ford Wild Rod 3-w Roadster, and Chuck and Irene Baker won “People’s Choice” (for the second straight year) with their 2008 Shelby GT500.

Between admiring cars and airplane rides, spectators enjoyed a lunch or snack from Bates Masonic Lodge and Yoder’s of Meece Mill; the display of radio-controlled aircraft by the Raptors RC (radio controlled) Club; and the chance to win exciting giveaway items including $250 Walmart gift card, Xbox Kinect and an iPad.

Adding to the day’s excitement were two riveting demonstrations by Pickens County EMS as they simulated (from start to finish) the procedures to safely rescue victims trapped in wrecked vehicles.

Meals on Wheels delivers nutritious noontime meals to more than 240 individuals in all communities across Pickens County each week day. Last year, the organization delivered 55,831 meals, the most in its history.

“Events like this help keep our wheels rolling. All monies raised this year will help hundreds of homebound elderly and disabled clients maintain their nutritional needs, quality of life and independence,” Bowers said.

The event was sponsored by gold sponsors Tri-State Pump and Control Liberty; silver sponsors Seth Crow- State Farm Agency Liberty; King Asphalt, Inc. Liberty; Collins Enterprises, Inc.- McDonald’s of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville and Jet Expeditors, Liberty; bronze sponsors Jean and Dean Realty Liberty; Sealevel Systems, Inc. Easley; David Hiott- Hiott for House Pickens; and friends of Meals on Wheels Pace and Reeves BP & Wrecker Service, Pickens and Darren Ward- Farm Bureau Pickens.

Amateur photographers are invited to help document the event and are encouraged to enter their photos in the “Best Photo Contest.”

Winning is simple: upload your best event picture(s) to the PCMOW Facebook Page, invite others to “like” your picture(s). The picture on the PCMOW Facebook page with the most “likes” wins. The contest ends April 30 at midnight. The winner will receive a $25 cash prize.

All proceeds from the fourth annual Wings and Wheels for Meals will benefit Pickens County Meals on Wheels, a 501 (c)(3), a non-profit, charitable organization funded completely through grants and donations. The organization does not seek or receive any state or federal funding and relies entirely on the generosity of the community they serve.

To volunteer, donate, or for more information come by the office 704 S. Pendleton St. Suite I Easley, SC; call 855-3770 ext. 303 or email to