Friday, Jul 01

Historical Landmark to be Unveiled at Upcoming PettyFest

The Petty Museum will once again host its annual PettyFest Saturday, May 28 at its historical grounds in Level Cross, N.C. This full day celebration of the past, present and future of the Petty Museum, Petty's Garage and the Petty Family Foundation will include many family-fun activities and also bring back history of the Petty family legacy.

Richard Petty and the Petty Museum will unveil the restored reaper shed, a historical landmark where the original Petty Engineering and later Petty Enterprises was begun by Lee Petty. The A-frame building was built in the early 1940's and had a dirt floor and tin roof. It was the humble beginning in what turned out to be the most successful organization in NASCAR history. The shed has been restored to showcase its time in the 1940's and will feature the restored car that Lee Petty raced to begin the family dynasty.

The Reaper Shed, a Historical Landmark, Will Be Open to Public at PettyFest and Showcase the No. 42 Raced by Lee Petty

The Petty Museum and Petty Family Foundation will also bring back and sell the original merchandise of Adam Petty, the fourth-generation driver of the Petty family. All Adam Petty merchandise was pulled off the market after his accident in 2000. The family will now continue to honor Petty by selling his merchandise to help aid others, a characteristic that defined Petty. Original Adam Petty hats and shirts will be on sale with proceeds to benefit the Petty Family Foundation. The Foundation will then donate funds to support Victory Junction, the camp built in honor of Adam. Additional donations will go into the college tuition fund of Adam's nieces and nephews.

Original Adam Petty Hats and T-Shirts Will Benefit Petty Family Foundation and Victory Junction Petty's Garage will show off its latest performance vehicles and guests are welcome to bring their own classic or modern performance cars to participate in a Cruise In.

The first 100 cars will receive a commemorative plaque signed by "The King" Richard Petty. There is a charge of $15 to enter a vehicle in the Cruise In, which includes admission into PettyFest. All participants will pay at the door and no pre-registration is required.

Richard Petty and Kyle Petty will be on-hand to sign autographs from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. A total of 200 wristbands will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis to everyone in the autograph line. Autographs will be limited to two per person.

Tours of the Petty-Toomes Homestead will be conducted from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., and again from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. A donation of $5 is requested to tour the home where Richard was born.

Finally, the festival will feature food, music, local vendors, a silent auction and a "Kids' Corner" with bounce houses and games. Admission to PettyFest is $10 per person with children under 5 admitted free.

PettyFest will be held at 309 Branson Mill Road in Level Cross, N.C. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information call 336-495-1143 or visit Updates can also be found on the Petty Museum Facebook page or on Twitter at @PettyMuseum.


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