Dennis Rowe would certainly be smiling today.
As his friends put the finishing touches on preparations for the fourth annual Down 4 Dennis Memorial Car Show, many of the activities and people he loved will gather this weekend at Mercer Mall.
Rowe, who died Sept. 19, 2010, when he lost control of his motorcycle along a winding Wyoming County road, reveled in customizing low-rider trucks and completing unbelievable stunts, whether on a skateboard or motorcycle. He was 30 at the time.
The man who had worked as a mine safety inspector in Mabscott and as a town police officer in Kimball, had an uncanny ability to make friends and earn trust no matter where he went. As such, friends say any event planned in his honor must be diverse.
“He just keeps bringing us together. That’s what he always wanted — to bring people together doing things they loved,” Tracey Sisk said this week, as Down 4 Dennis took shape once again. “I know he’s proud of us. I know he’s smiling down at us.”
This year’s installment in Down 4 Dennis will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, in the Mercer Mall Parking lot near J.C. Penney.
It is set to include a car show, presentations by Stunt Army at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.; prize give-aways, low-rider limbo and a burn-out session.
Stunt Army is an elite group of motorcycle stunt riders who always entertain the audience.
As Sisk explained low-rider limbo, “It’s kind of like people limbo, but drivers take their low-riders through it.”
In the burn-out competition, drivers lay rubber on the asphalt as they spin their tires and fill the area with smoke.
Prizes for first place in both competitions will be $100 cash.
Throughout the day, vendors from Origami Owl, Sweet Custom Cakes, Mountain State Barbecue, Monica’s House of Tint, The Massage Suite, The Marine Corps and more will greet and entertain visitors.
Registration for the car show will be 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and all makes and models are welcome to enter. Registration fee is $15 per vehicle.
Among the highlights of the day will be drawings for two mini iPads, and winners do not have to be present to win.
Funds raised through the event will help install a memorial tribute to Rowe inside Princeton Skate Park, where he was an avid skater and mentor. Since his death, funds raised from Down 4 Dennis have helped revitalize the skate park, insuring that skaters can pursue their sport in an environment that is as safe as possible.
Once the skate park is completely finished and the memorial is installed, Sisk said funds will provide scholarships for local students looking to build a bright future.
“Dennis would have loved that. He was all about helping people however he could,” Sisk said. “It was just such an honor to know him and to do this for him.”
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/down4dennis or call Darrell at 304-920-1406 or Daniel at 304-922-8431.
— Contact Tammie Toler at email@example.com.