Bellefonte, PA 16823
By Serge Bielanko
Starting tonight, Bellefonte will once again play host to what may well be deemed our most friendly invasion. For the past 31 years, the owners of hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles and trucks as well as many as 15,000 car lovers have roared into town seeking those common bonds that all of mankind (and machine-kind, it turns out) yearns for.
I'm talking camaraderie. Friendship. Fellowship.
And perhaps most of all: looking at another dude's perfectly restored 1962 Corvette with original maroon wheels, noticing that a bird has just crapped on the hood, and snickering to yourself because YOUR classic car- parked right beside his- is 100% bird crap free!
That said, motorhead envy somehow doesn't ever rule the weekend here. The Historic Bellefonte Cruise, which kicks off tonight and runs right through Father's Day, is old enough and mature enough now to have left all that behind. Gone are the screeching tires of yesteryear, the drag races down around Dead Man's Curve. In its place we have this less nerve-wracking couple of days when people who love old vehicles and love to work on old vehicles and drive old vehicles and eyeball old vehicles and talk about old vehicles can gather together in one place and rejoice.
It's lovely, really. And popular as heck, too. People come from far and wide to boogie to the oldies at the Sock Hop happening Friday night at 7:30pm. They close the streets down, crank up the Motown and the solid gold, and just dance. This year Deja Vu and 1910 Fruitgum Co. will be playing the music live.
Of course Friday evening also plays host to the mega popular Open Cruise as well. That's when all the cars and bikes that have traveled to Bellefonte slowly make their way through the streets of downtown just like people used to do once upon a time. There's nostalgia in that, for sure, but there's something else too. There's some kind of sense of security, if you will, when you are surrounded by old cars and excellent music and happy people. There's a feeling that all is right with the mad, mad world at last. Even if it won't last forever.
Saturday brings the ever-popular Car Show to the streets of town. It features over 30+ classes of cars, motorcycles, and trucks on display for you to stare at and admire and wish you'd win the Powerball already. There's a beloved Marketplace in front of the Courthouse where you can find all kinds of parts and pieces. And of course there are a lot of kid's activities and music and entertainment as well as food and drink available all weekend long.
Sunday brings the Soap Box Derby, which, if you've never seen it, is a must. Fair warning though: if your kids see the Soap Box Derby, they're going to want to build one and enter it next year.
Which, in a way, is exactly what this while Historic Bellefonte Cruise thing is all about, isn't it?
BELLEFONTE CRUISE | SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, June 14
6-7:30 p.m. — Open Cruise
7:30-10:30 p.m. — Sock hop with The 1910 Fruitgum Company and the WOWY crew.
Marketplace in front of the Courthouse
Kids Zone activities near the YMCA
Saturday, June 15
All day — Marketplace in front of the Courthouse
All day — Kids Zone activities near the YMCA
7 a.m.-noon — Registration
7 a.m.-5 p.m. — Car, truck and motorcycle show
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Frackwater Jack
Noon-5 p.m. — DJ Troy Breon and the WOWY crew
1:30 p.m. — Bike games by USMC veterans
2:30 p.m. — Car giveaway (free entry; must be register and be present to win)
5 p.m. — Car show awards
Sunday, June 16
Noon-5 p.m. — Soap box derby
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