Sam Scoggins

Sam Scoggins, organizer of the 12th annual Sweet Autumn KISS Car Show, brings his famed Texas event to Albertville this weekend.

Sam Scoggins, an Albertville man, formerly of Sweetwater, Texas, is set to bring his Sweet Autumn KISS Classic and Rare Car and Truck Show to Sand Mountain.

The renowned car show first began in the small Texas town in 2006 as part of Sweetwater’s 125th centennial celebration. Scoggins said he met with the city’s chamber of commerce and the publisher of The Sweetwater Reporter, befriended them and chose to produce the classic show as “Sweet Hot Summer Nights Classic and Rare Car Show and Cruise.” After realizing having car shows in Sweetwater during the heat of summer wasn’t the best idea, Scoggins moved the event to the fall, and changed the name to “Sweet Autumn KISS.”

“Sweet is for Sweetwater,” he explained. “Autumn of course is for the fall, and KISS is for ‘Keep it simple, Sam.”

Each year since it’s inception, the show has included a cruise around town, as well as awards and prizes. Although a cruise isn’t scheduled this time around, Scoggins said he has plans to expand the event to include a cruise up and down U.S. Highway 431 in 2019.

Long before he moved to Albertville, Scoggins and his wife, Mary, had been deeply invested in working with Habitat for Humanity for many years. For that reason, Scoggins has elected to donate a portion of the show’s proceeds to the organization.

“It may not be but $500 to $1,000, which I know doesn’t seem like much, but once the show starts to grow here in Albertville, I anticipate that number to grow too,” Scoggins said.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that was established internationally to help address poor housing conditions. Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County has built nice, affordable homes to help improve the lives of families across the area. Executive Director Chad Hallcox said he was thrilled to work with Scoggins and thankful for the donation.

“I received a phone call a few months back from Sam regarding a car show he wanted to host and donate proceeds to Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County,” Hallcox said. “Naturally, I said, ‘Of course. Let me talk with our board and let’s get things rolling.’ So, we met, and it wasn’t until we met did I realize what an extraordinary person Sam is. I also fully discovered his passion for Habitat for Humanity. Later, I was afforded the great opportunity to meet his lovely wife, Mary. I can’t say enough about Sam and his drive for life, and his goal to see Habitat for Humanity succeed. Oh yeah, not to mention his love for cars.”

The 12th annual Sweet Autumn KISS Classic and Rare Car and Truck Show will be Saturday, Oct. 13, located at the intersection of South Broad Street, Marshall Street and Jackson Street in Albertville. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. Classes include 1920-1939, 1940-1949, 1950-1959, 1960-1969, 1970-1975, 1976-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2010 and 2011-2018. Entry fee is $20 per car before the show and $25 at the show. The first 30 entrants will receive a gift bag.

For more information about the show, contact Scoggins at 512-365-9327.

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