The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 20, 2013

VIDEO | Ebensburg fest keeps growing

Justin Dennis
jdennis@tribdem.com

EBENSBURG — It’s an event that, nine years running, continues to grow.

The Ebensburg Wheels and Wings packed the downtown areas around Center Street and Penn Eben Park for bike shows, car shows, live jammers Totem and, of course, wings slathered in myriad sauces.

“You get to see new cars, different vehicles, different bikes, different tastes for what people like on their bikes,” said Craig Calvetti of Cresson. “(It’s) an all-around good time.”

Everyone who’d attended last year agreed that the massive crush of walkers – beer in hand, thanks to the lack of open container regulations in Ebensburg – swelled far beyond previous years.

“Last year, I came up here at 6 o’clock and I parked on Main Street,” said Matt Holsberger of Bedford. “This year, I had to park on a side road. So, there’s a lot more people.”

Parking along High Street was mostly bike-only, with riders from all over coming to test their metal in the bike show competition.

“It’s awesome,” Rick Scarton said of the chromed hogs and classic cars that lined Center Street up to the middle school. “I think I have a nice bike, but my bike is nothing compared to the ones they’ve got here.”

Awards for the three best in each class were handed out around 8:30 p.m.

Danea Koss, Ebensburg community development director, said the event came together nicely, considering it’s her first year at the helm and she came on in March.

She previously worked in meeting and event planning at the Blair County Convention Center.

“My favorite part was getting to know everyone along the process,” she said. “We have such a great committee that helps us with planning everything and a great group of people to work with.”

This year, they shuffled the food vendors from the Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the prison to Penn Eben Park and West Sample Street.

The 16 wing vendors were vying for the title of best wing, as well as runner-up and “best spirit” spots.

Precious Life Inc. took home the top prize, with the Central Cambria Midget Football League coming in second. Pit Stop Concessions was lauded for the personality they brought to the contest.

Scarton said he and his son, Raymond – both area natives – drove between four and six hours on their Harleys to make it back home specifically for this event.

“Actually, you know what the main reason is? To keep the local economy going,” Rick said.

“The wings for me,” rebutted Raymond, before getting another mouthful.

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