Families Celebrate Father’s Day

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

Some fathers and their children spent Sunday revving their engines at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green. The NHRA Hot Rod Reunion came to town bringing more than 40,000 people. In this group of motorheads were tons of fathers and sons who came to spend some quality time.

“I love having children. I got 3 of them, and I love all 3 of them," Lawrence Smith said.

Smith came to the Beech Bend Bend burnout with his son, Jeff and his grandson Bragen.

"My dad did a fine job raising me and I'm trying to pass it along," Jeff Smith said.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the cost of a father’s absence is high. Children with little or no contact with their fathers are more likely to:

Drop out of school.
· Become involved in drug and alcohol abuse
· Girls are more likely to become pregnant as teens
· Boys are more likely to become involved in crime and violence

Which is why most dads we talked to say no matter the speed of life, it’s important to stay active in your kids lives.


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