Pictured are winners in the Stony Point Volunteer Fire Department’s 15th Annual Cruise-In: Firefighter Choice Winner Bubba Hartsoe with his 1967 C-10 Chevrolet Pickup Truck; Ladies Auxiliary Choice Winner Johnny Chapman with his 1955 Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon; and People’s Choice Winners Nicholas Elder with his 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Shown (from left) are Bubba and Belinda Hartsoe; SPVFD Chief Scotty Abernathy; Nicholas Elder and Evelyn Pharr; Johnny Chapman; and SPVFD Ladies Auxiliary President Donna Abernathy.

Special to Iredell Free News

Stony Point Volunteer Fire Department recently held its 15th Annual Cruise-In. After being unable to hold the Cruise-In due to COVID-19, there was a wonderful showcase of cars, trucks and motorcycles that were welcomed and filled the department’s parking lot.

In lieu of an entry fee, attendees brought rehab supplies, including bottled water, Gatorade, blankets, gloves, socks and toboggans, which will be used by the department for emergency calls when serving our community. 

The Alexander County Emergency Services Honor Guard presented the American Flag and during the singing of the National Anthem. They were led by Alexander County Fire Marshal Mark Earle. Bill Johnson of the Taylorsville Volunteer Fire Department assisted.


Specialty awards were given to cruisers and voted on by the SPVFD Firefighters, SPVFD Ladies Auxiliary and the spectators.

♦ Firefighters Choice: Bubba Hartsoe of Stony Point (1967 C-10 Chevrolet Pickup Truck);

♦ Ladies Auxiliary Choice: Johnny Chapman of Stony Point (1955 Chevrolet Nomad Station Wagon); and

♦ People’s Choice: Nicholas Elder of Stony Point (2010 Chevrolet Camaro)

This year’s Annual Cruise-In T-shirt commemorated the department’s 65 years of service. The DJs for the event were Tyler Stafford and Matthew Gibson. 

Gene Dagenhart of Statesville won the cash raffle drawing that gives half back to the department for projects. He gave a portion of his winnings back to the department.

SPVFD would also like to say a special Thank You to Alexander County Emergency Services Honor Guard; New Beginnings Church of Stony Point; Carris Reels of NC; Walmart of Taylorsville; Eddie’s Welding; Daddy Pete’s Plant Pleaser; Stony Point Nursery; BVR Trucking; Rogers Mountainview Farms; Stony Point Service Center; Dagenhart Builders; Bestway South; Catawba Creamery; and The Dairy Bar. Also, thanks to Cherry Pop’s Soda Shop of Catawba; Cubbard Express #12 of Hiddenite; T-Ville Scoops in Taylorsville; Advance Auto Parts in Taylorsville; Mexico Viejo in Taylorsville; Food Lion on Old Mountain Road in Statesville; Food Lion on Highway 115 in Statesville; Tractor Supply in Taylorsville; and Riley’s Delight.

Plans are under way for the SPVFD’s 16th Annual Cruise-In in October 2023.

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