The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

June 30, 2013

Boro set for ‘one big party’: Over 200 vehicles expected for show

Tom Lavis
tlavis@tribdem.com

— Over 200 of the most awesome classic and hot rods are expected to cruise into Northern Cambria Borough for Hope Volunteer Fire Company’s 29th annual Car, Truck and Bike Show.

A full array of fun, food, entertainment and activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on Main Street in the northern section of the community.

“We close off a portion of (Route) 219 where all the vehicles can park,” said Matt Barczak, fire company treasurer and event coordinator.

“It’s one big party.”

Judges will look over the vehicles and make cash awards in 27 classes.

“Each winner also gets a certificate that they can display on the wall if they choose to do it,” Barczak said.

Registration is $5 and will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with awards presented at 4.

“This is one of the biggest car shows in the tri-county area and the largest event of its kind in Northern Cambria,” Barczak said.

Firemen will offer various demonstrations throughout the day.

“We are planning to give people a fire extinguisher demonstration, and kids always enjoy watching us cut up a car using the Jaws of Life,” Barczak said.

There also will be a display of Emergency Medical Service vehicles and equipment.

Members of the fire company’s auxiliary will prepare a turkey dinner for as many as 270 people.

“We serve a dinner with all the trimmings until the supply runs out,” Barczak said.

“Everything is made from scratch by our ladies auxiliary.”

The dinner will be served in the second-floor banquet room in the fire hall.

But there’s no shortage of other food outside as vendors offer such items as hot dogs, pizza, hamburgers and snow cones.

Local businesses also will be open to serve the public.

DJ Tommy Gunz will set his equipment up in the middle of the street to provide continuous classic rock entertainment for visitors.

A basket auction will be conducted in the fire hall.

“We usually have between 75 and 100 baskets that people have a chance to win,” Barczak said.