The first weekend in July is nearing, so it is time for area residents to shine up their Chevy or freshen up their Ford. The 18th annual Lancaster County Cruisers car show will be held on Saturday, July 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Willow Street Fireman's Field, 2921 Willow Street Pike (Route 222 North), Willow Street. In the event of rain, the car show will be held at the same time on Sunday, July 2. Participants and attendees may check http://www.lancastercountycruisers.com for updates.
Cars, trucks, and motorcycles may be entered in the show, and there is no age restriction.
"Any special vehicle (is welcome)," said Cruisers member Carol Farmer of New Providence. "Anyone who has an interesting car can enter."
A total of 13 awards will be granted to entrants, with several earmarked for motorcycles and one designated for the winner of the muffler rapp competition. Vehicles exhibited by Cruisers members will be parked in a separate section and will not be adjudicated.
"The prizes and awards all go to our guests," Farmer explained.
Rather than trophies, the Cruisers have opted to give award-winners special plaques with room for photos of the winning vehicles to be displayed.
"Everybody seems to like that," Farmer remarked.
In addition to the awards selected by judges, door prize drawings will be held throughout the event. This year, significant amounts of cash will be awarded as the three grand prizes. Cruisers vice president Jack Parke of New Providence explained that cash has a broader appeal than tool boxes, which had been previous prize offerings.
"People like our show because of all the door prizes," Farmer added.
There is a cost to enter a vehicle in the show, and a discount will be in effect for those who register by Saturday, June 17. After June 17 and on the day of the show, registration will be full price. The first 150 entries will receive dash plaques. Vendors are also welcome to participate for a small fee, and spectators may attend the car show free of charge. Everyone is asked to bring nonperishable food items for the food bank run by Solanco Neighborhood Ministries, and proceeds from registration fees will be given to the organization.
"We are a family-oriented club," Parke said. "The main purpose (of the car show) is to support Solanco Neighborhood Ministries." Last year, the Cruisers gave $2,500 to Solanco Neighborhood Ministries, he said.
The car show is typically well attended, and about 350 vehicles were entered last year. The Cruisers are once again looking for a solid turnout. A disc jockey will play music from the 1950s and 1960s, and ice cream and other foods will be available for purchase.
For more information and to download the registration form, readers may visit the aforementioned website. Those with questions may call Parke at 717-786-3923 or Cruisers member Fred Wilds of Willow Street at 717-464-4014.