Volunteer of the Year

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‘I’d love to see Cynthiana doing five or six events a year to draw people into town’

By Becky Barnes


Jerry Adams’ day job may be as a barber at his Oddville Avenue shop, but even there he’s not far from what really drives him.

Inside Custom Cuts is a old gas pump, photographs of classic cars, and numerous plaques reminding him and telling others of some of his accomplishments.

It was his love of cars that ultimately earned him the Chamber of Commerce’s Volunteer of the Year award.

Adams, and a group of car enthusiasts worked for nearly a year to put on Cynthiana’s first Rod Run last August.

In its first year, the Rod Run brought over 500 cars and 300 motorcycles into the downtown area as well as hundreds of visitors.

Adams worked on other smaller car shows. In fact, in the two years prior to the Rod Run, Adams worked on 17 and 20 respectively.

“We decided we needed to cut back on the smaller ones and go for a large one,” Adams said of the decision to put on the Rod Run.

Adams was also motivated by his desire to make things happen in Cynthiana.

“Cynthiana has gotten comfortable doing things the way they’ve always been done,” Adams said. “I’d love to see Cynthiana doing five or six events a year to draw people into town.”

He said he wants to see things grow... even events other than the ones he is directly involved with … like the Taste of Harrison County and the Art Walk.

He said these are all good events for Cynthiana. He wants to see the community he adopted thrive.

Originally from Lexington, Adams came to Harrison County where he earned his GED and began cutting hair with Butch Meeks at Corner Cuts for six and a half years. For the last 11 years, he has been in his own shop, where he is now joined by daughter April Emory.

Adams and his wife, Tunya, who is minister at Living Hope Assembly, live in Cynthiana.

The Adamses other daughters are Crystal Sparks and Nicole Tolliver.

 His wife is also an active member of the founding committee of the Rod Run.

Adams said it takes a lot of people to make an event successful. Committee members beside the Adamses are Billy Hughes, Bobby Bell, Johnny  Bell, Charles Nigg, Kevin Florence, Crystal Prather, Lee Ross, Ray Johnson, Wes Mallory, April Emory, Cynthia and Ron Jenkins, Ollie Taylor, Joe Anderson, Kathy and Mike Brown.

Adams said he has been contacted by many people wanting to be involved with the 2013 Rod Run, many admitting they had no idea how big the first-year event was going to be.

And, while there have been several people come on board for the 2013 event, Adams said there is still a great need for volunteers to help with everything from manning an information center to parking cars.

He anticipates that 2013 will be an even bigger event than the maiden Rod Run.

He said conservative expectations are for  700 cars and 400 motorcycles. There will also be farm tractors and “big rigs” at this year’s show, which will be Aug. 24.

Look for demonstrations from Bridge Street to Pleasant and beyond and from Church to Poplar streets.

Within those blocks, there will be activities all day. There will be a model car contest at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library, a pizza eating contest at Snappy Tomato Pizza, a beauty contest with a 40’s pin-up model theme, a car auction, a sound system competition at Auto Zone, a petting zoo and kids’ zone, a Slade’s Powder Coating demonstration and tour, a Dailey’s Body Shop paint demonstration and a swap meet.

Adams truly expects there to be something for everyone who comes to downtown on Aug. 24.

 Not a day goes by that Adams has not had his hands in something dealing with the Rod Run ... that’s what earned him the Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year award.