Cars ‘Run to the Sun’ of Myrtle Beach this week

spalisin@thesunnews.comMarch 10, 2013 

  • If you go

    What | 25th annual “Run to the Sun” car show

    By | Pee Dee Street Rodders

    Benefiting | Children’s Miracle Network through McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, as well as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Horry County Benevolent Fund and Grand Strand Miracle League

    When | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday

    Where | Former Myrtle Square mall site, on Kings Highway, between 21st and 29th avenues North, in Myrtle Beach

    How much |

    • Free for spectators • Car registration $45 – 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, available only at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center (formerly Holiday Inn West), 101 Fantasy Harbour Blvd., just west of Myrtle Beach and along the Intracoastal Waterway, off U.S. 501 and George Bishop Parkway

    Also |

    • Cruise parade from southernmost end of Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, northward past the former Pavilion Amusement Park site, 5 p.m. Thursday. • Party 8-11 p.m. Friday at Broadway at the Beach’s Celebrity Square. • Parking also available at Broadway at the Beach, with shuttle buses every 15 minutes to show site.

    Information | 687-8118, 669-3564, 665-4401 or

    If you go, Can-Am Days

    What | 52nd annual Canadian-American Days

    By | Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce (Details at 626-7444, 800-356-3016 or

    When | Through Sunday

    Schedule |

    • North Strand Can-Am Celebration, noon-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Myrtle Beach mall, on U.S. 17 at S.C. 22, near Briarcliffe Acres, including Searson trio of siblings from Ontario in concert at noon. Reach mall at 272-4040 or • South Strand Can-Am Celebration, noon-2:30 p.m. Thursday at Inlet Square mall, at U.S. 17 Bypass and U.S. Business in Murrells Inlet, including Searson in concert at noon. 651-6990 or • Festival Expo, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at Coastal Grand mall in Myrtle Beach, with more than 40 exhibitors, and entertainment by the Andrew Thielen Big Band of Myrtle Beach. 839-9100 or

    Some other local events | During Can-Am Days:

    • At Brookgreen Gardens, on U.S. 17, between Murrells Inlet and Litchfield Beach: “Dirt ‘N Details” series, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, learn about “Houseplant Care” by Patricia Mishoe, interiorscape specialist at Dandelion Florist & Interior Plantscaping of Myrtle Beach; and an “Otter Celebration” on Saturday, with such activities as craft tables, storybook reading, an Otter Birthday Party with cake and icepops for otters and a zookeeper talk as the otters unwrap their presents, all free with admission, which lasts which lasts seven days: $14 ages 13-64, $12 ages 65 and older, and $7 ages 4-12. (Gardens open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.) Details at 235-6000, 800-849-1931 or • “Phantom of the Opera” by Carolina Forest High School Fine Arts Department, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and March 20-23, and 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and March 23-24, at school, 70 Gardner Lacy Road, east of U.S. 501. $18. 236-7997 and • Dog Agility Competition by A Way to Play Dog Agility Club, Friday-Sunday, with first runs at 5 p.m. Friday, and 8:45 a.m. Saturday-Sunday at A Dog’s Way Inn, 761 Pendergrass Ave., west of U.S. 17, Murrells Inlet. Free for spectators. 357-4545, and • St. Patrick’s Day Dance, 7-10 p.m. Friday in Dick M. Johnson Civic Center, 820 Pine Drive, behind Surfside Beach Town Hall, for free. 650-9548 or • 14th annual St. Patrick’s 4-Miler Run & Walk, Saturday at Georgetown Hospital System’s HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness, 12965 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, benefiting local high school athletes with scholarships for a summer strength and conditioning camp. Register online or 7-8 a.m. on race day for $30 for 4-mile race or walk, which start at 8:15 and 8:16 a.m., respectively, and free for 1-mile “Chase the Leprechaun” Fitness Run & Walk, beginning at 9 a.m. 237-2205,, or email • 25th annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, Saturday, with parade at 9 a.m., and festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m., all on Main Street. 280-5570 or • Can-Am Golf Junior Team Matches – 10 junior boys and 10 junior girls from Ontario competing against 10 junior boys and 10 junior girls from South Carolina, 10 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday at Wachesaw Plantation Club, 1930 Governors Landing, Murrells Inlet, off Wachesaw Road, west of U.S. 17. Free to watch. 351-1500 or • Fourth Annual Irish Fest, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday in Myrtle Beach’s Valor Memorial Garden, at The Market Common. 712-2618 or, and 839-3500 or • Huntington Beach State Park’s 19th Annual Wildlife and History Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, including raptor demonstration at 1 p.m. by Center for Birds of Prey of Awendaw. Free with park admission: $5 ages 16 and older, $3.25 S.C. seniors, $3 ages 6-15. 235-8755 for nature center, 237-4440 main office, or • Oceanfront Merchants Association 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, noon-midnight Saturday on Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, between Eighth and Ninth avenues North, with many concerts 12:15-10:45 p.m., closing with Passafire, for free. 602-4813 or • Zumba fitness party for community projects by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 of Calabash, N.C., 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at Brunswick Community College South Brunswick Island Center, 9400 U.S. 17 W., Carolina Shores, N.C. $10 advance or $15 at door. 446-4169 or email • “Cinderella” by Coastal Youth Ballet Theatre, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Beach Church, 557 George Bishop Parkway, between U.S. 501 and U.S. 17 Bypass, just west of Myrtle Beach. Advance: $15 adults and $10 for children/seniors; at the door, $20 and $15, respectively. 651-2006 or • Cruise-in by Hot Rod Promotions, for all cars: 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Pirateland Camping Resort Cruise-In, 5401 S. Kings Highway, south of Myrtle Beach. Free. 503-8245. • Grand Strand Beach Ballroom Dancers social dance, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Grand Strand Senior Center, 1268 21st Ave. N., Myrtle Beach. $7; bring snacks for your table only; maximum eight people per table. 903-3765. • Festive Brass of Myrtle Beach concerts, 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church, off Willbrook Boulevard, west of U.S. 17 in Litchfield Beach, next to Hampton Inn; and for Can-Am Days, 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 901 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach, both for free. 360-9446, 293-6162 or • St. Patrick’s Day Party, 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10420, 4359 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, with meals of corned beef and cabbage for $9, and music by Good Times Bank. Reservations at 651-6900. • Second annual Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery St. Patrick’s Day 5K Kilt Run, off 29th Avenue North at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, Sunday – family fun run ($15 registration, closing at 8:15 a.m. on race day) at 8:30 a.m., 5K ($23 for Grand Strand Running Club members, otherwise $25) at 9 a.m. starting and ending at restaurant, with party afterward, including Irish breakfast buffet, costume contest and local bands, until 2 a.m. March 18. Register at or noon-4 p.m. Saturday in Titled Kilt, or 7:30-8:45 a.m. Sunday at race site. 357-8647 or 712-2670.

The motors and wheels will run for the “Run to the Sun” Thursday-Saturday in Myrtle Beach.

This 25th anniversary edition of the annual car show by the Florence-area-based Pee Dee Street Rodders will roll 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at the former Myrtle Square mall site, on Kings Highway between 21st and 29th avenues North, in Myrtle Beach.

The family oriented event also raises money for charities, which totaled $98,000 last year, shared by the Children’s Miracle Network, National Multiple Sclerosis Society and local causes.

David Rodgers, the sales manager at Sparrow & Kennedy Tractor Co. in Scranton, 45 miles west of Conway, has helped coordinate the Run to the Sun since its inception. He said this show kicks off a season of shows that participants in the Run take in across the Southeast all the way to Daytona Beach, Fla., at Thanksgiving.

“So, it’s kind of year round,” said Rodgers, master of ceremonies for the Run to the Sun, also complimenting Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes, Burroughs and Chapin Company Inc., and Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce for support and space for the local festivities.

Question | How did Run to the Sun first start, igniting an almost-springtime tradition for Myrtle Beach?

Answer | Some guys got together and wanted to raise some money for Make-A-Wish. ... We had 84 cars that first year. The strange thing is that it was held at Myrtle Square mall, when it was still there. And now we’re at that site, so it’s come full circle.

Q. | How many cars do officials tally, amid the more than 2,900 registered last year, and how far do people travel for this?

A. | We’re looking for about 3,000 cars. ... Last year, we had cars from 23 states and Canada. We give a long-distance award. Last year, we had cars from as far as Washington state and Oregon, so it goes across the country.

Q. | The funds raised every year: To how much has that tally ballooned?

A. | The Pee Dee Street Rodders have donated more than $1 million to charities. It’s been a very successful show – more than we ever dreamed it to be. ... It’s a significant show and probably one of the largest car shows in the Southeast.

Q. | The run this year falls on the final weekend of the chamber of commerce’s Can-Am Days, another staple to close out a Grand Strand winter. Is that timing coincidental?

A. | It’s always been the third weekend in March. It’s fallen into St. Patrick’s Day and Can-Am Days. That was not a plan.

Q. | Besides this event reaching out for families to enjoy a nice outing, how is this gathering a reunion of a family of car enthusiasts as well?

A. | It’s extremely family oriented. ... One hundred percent of the money we raise goes to charity. Members give up their vacation time to do this, and this is the only show that the Pee Dee Street Rodders do. It’s an enormous task to have 5,000 to 6,000 people and 3,000 cars. We’re already working on next year’s show, and this one hasn’t even been pulled off yet.

Q. | What other vehicle lets the club raise money every year?

A. | A good bit of our income comes from T-shirt sales. Airways, out of Columbus, Ohio, does these special T-shirts. As I go to car shows in different parts of the country, I see “Run to the Sun” shirts at every show. That’s a big contributing factor.

Q. | What other parts make this whole enterprise work?

A. | We have a core of about 30 people, so we know what to do. We pick a car and truck of the year. ... Also, people are eager to get out to show what they’ve built nd worked on all winter. Some have rebuilt cars, and some have built new ones. Some are expensive. It’s a hobby for the people who own them ... kind of like sports, hunting and fishing.

Q. | How has weather proven fortunate through the years, especially for the parade cruise up Ocean Boulevard on Thursday?

A. | We’ve been blessed with good weather. It’s always a little chilly, but as long as it doesn’t pour down and rain. ... We see people sitting in chairs and they have their cameras in the street. It’s pretty neat to see a parade of 500 cars going down the street.

Contact STEVE PALISIN at 444-1764.

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