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NASCAR veteran Richard Petty in Carolina Carports’ commercial

September 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Dobson-based Carolina Carports Inc. soon will roll out a national advertising campaign featuring NASCAR legend Richard Petty.

Carolina Carports, started in 1997 in Surry County, manufactures, distributes and installs carports, garages and fabricated metal buildings in 36 states. The company employs approximately 150 people, half of them at its headquarters and main manufacturing complex, 187 Cardinal Ridge Lane.

Founder and owner Javier Herrera said he’s amazed and honored to be associated with Petty and Petty Enterprises. Their connection grew out a contact four years ago when Petty Enterprises needed steel garages for its pit crews’ practice sessions. Since then, in addition to supplying Petty Enterprises’ nees, Carolina Carports has donated carports and garages to the Victory Junction Gang, Richard Petty’s camp for terminally ill children.

Petty recently visited Herrera and Carolina Carports to film part of the commercial that will be shown on television and in movie theaters.

To celebrate its 10th year in Surry County, Carolina Carports Inc. will have a “Customer Appreciation Day” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at its new Mount Airy sales office, 305 N. Andy Griffith Parkway (on the west side of the highway, cater-corner from Colonial Mayberry Mall).

Country-music entertainer Daryle Singletary will perform with special guest Pete Schlegel. WBRF Radio’s own J.D. Higgins, “Mr. Country Gold,” with Billy Smith & the Country Express will play, as will “Rich N Tradition.”

There will be free food and drinks, a Red Cross health booth and children’s activities including a dunking booth, face painting, The Balloon Lady and an obstacle course.

A trailer will be raffled off.

Blue Ridge County 98.1 FM Radio will broadcast live.

There will be free parking at the old Pizza Hut and additional parking and a shuttle service from the former Firehouse Ministry Building, 811 Merita St.

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