Annual Thunder on the Square


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Clay Bilyeu and friends Thunder on the Square held to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).


Clay Bilyeu has been making trophies for the annual Thunder on the Square event to the held Sunday, Oct. 4.


Corn hole boards made for the Thunder on the Square event.


JC Kirby & Son, Summers, Kirby & Sanders Funeral Home, along with RJ Corman and Logan Aluminum present the annual “Cruisin’ For A Cure” Thunder on the Square 2015, Sunday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

All car, truck and motorcycle enthusiasts don’t want to miss this exciting, worthwhile event that helps raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Local auto body professional Clay Bilyeu and a group of his tight-knit friends have partnered with JC Kirby to bring this revved up celebration to Logan County the past several years. Thousands of dollars have been collected for the JDRF through the support of many people in the community. In 2014 alone, the group raised $10,700 for the cause.

“We love putting this event on each year,” said Bilyeu. “Not only are we able to get together with those who appreciate cars, trucks and motorcycles, but we are able to help others which is the most important reason we do this.”

The event takes lots and lots of time to organize. Many volunteer hours are spent getting ready for Thunder on the Square. Bilyeu and his faithful friends don’t just wait for this one event to help, however, the group worked throughout the year raising money with their Summer Night’s Cruise In’s.

“This could not be done without the many people who help out. They are my friends and they are just as much a part of this as I am,” said Bilyeu.

On Sunday, there will be music, food, 50/50, cake walk, awards, live auction with lots of items to bid on, vendors, and beautiful cars, trucks, tractors, and motorcycles.

“Come out and take part in this family fun filled event,” said Bilyeu. “We hope to see you there.”

* Diabetes is a chronic metabolic condition caused by the body’s inability to break down glucose (sugars) and store them properly. When an individual’s system is unable to efficiently process glucose, it will back up in the person’s bloodstream creating multiple health problems.

Over thirty thousand individuals will be diagnosed with diabetes this year alone. It is estimated that over one hundred and twenty million individuals worldwide have diabetes. It is further estimated that approximately five million individuals have diabetes that has yet to be diagnosed.

Type 1 Diabetes is called Juvenile Diabetes as the onset of it begins in childhood. Children diagnosed with juvenile diabetes are insulin dependent. Insulin is the hormone that enables our body to convert the food we eat into energy which is necessary to function normally. Current research indicates that juvenile diabetes is an auto-immune disorder, similar to other disorders such as; rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis. A small percentage of individuals may also develop thyroid conditions.

If you would like to help, Bilyeu says they need pies and cakes for the cake walk. You can drop them off at Clay’s Auto Body at 591 west 2nd street or at Bluegrass Check Advance North Main.

Clay Bilyeu and friends Thunder on the Square held to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_photo-1-.jpgClay Bilyeu and friends Thunder on the Square held to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Clay Bilyeu has been making trophies for the annual Thunder on the Square event to the held Sunday, Oct. 4.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_12075016_10205360208310020_1767567517593709387_n.jpgClay Bilyeu has been making trophies for the annual Thunder on the Square event to the held Sunday, Oct. 4.

Corn hole boards made for the Thunder on the Square event.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_12046846_10205357621565353_3241226447014196758_n.jpgCorn hole boards made for the Thunder on the Square event.

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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