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BREAKING NEWS: Weather disrupts some Saturday events
Due to threat of rain
Thursday, December 12, 2013
The threat of inclement weather is disrupting some holiday event plans for Saturday.
The Bassett Christmas Parade, scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, has been canceled. The annual Christmas Toy Drive at the Martinsville Speedway has been moved from Saturday to Sunday.
But the Big Bird Toy Run, set for 1 p.m. Saturday, is on rain or shine, according to Paige Holcomb, wife of Ricky “Big Bird” Holcomb, who organizes the ride to benefit Christmas Cheer.
According to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg, there is a 100 percent chance of rain and a high temperature of 40 on Saturday.
The 17th Annual Martinsville Speedway Christmas Toy Drive now is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Girls on the Run 5K race has also been moved to Sunday at the speedway with a 12:30 p.m. starting time.
The only change with the move is that Santa Claus had a prior commitment for Sunday and will not be able to make it to the track.
Action will heat up at 1 p.m. Sunday when anyone donating $10 or a new toy can drive their personal vehicle around the historic track. Pace cars will lead the personal vehicles around the track.
Also at 1 p.m. fans will be able to take laps around the oval in a real Sprint Cup car with speedway president Clay Campbell behind the wheel. They will be dressed in full racing gear, fire suit, helmet and HANS Device. Cost for the ride-along is a $50 donation to the toy drive.
See this site and Friday’s Martinsville Bulletin for more on this story.