Cars, artists, food and music liven up Main Street
MUNCY- The weather held off just long enough to have another successful Corvettes On Main Street and ‘Artists In the Backyard’ event on Saturday. Some of the cars did not show, but they were mostly from further distances. A total of 94 cars lined up along Main Street which was closed to traffic from Penn Street to Water Street.
One of the entries came from Allentown, which was the farthest this year according to Jack McDermott, President of the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club and one of the sponsors.
This is the sixth year and each year visitors can expect different cars. “We have another car from Perry County Corvette Club and one from Pittston,” McDermott said. Most of the cars, however, were from Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland and Snyder Counties. “People usually come from New York and Connecticut, but didn’t want to drive their cars in the rain,” he added. The cars started to line up at 8:30 a.m. “I have two guys who are pros at this,” McDermott said as he pointed to the row of cars strategically placed by the club members in specific spots along the business section of Main Street.
Prizes were awarded in six different categories. Anyone could vote for their favorite car in each class starting with the year 1953 and ending in 2013. There were several Corvettes in the third class “Year 1968-1982” especially from 1972. Ballots were turned in at 2 p.m. and an award presentation was given just in time before the rain. “This isn’t a competition,” McDermott announced. “This is an event to raise awareness.” Proceeds from the registration fees went to the American Cancer Society. Ellen Bokeko accepted a check for $1,000 and several sponsors and volunteers were recognized for helping with this street-wide event.
Towards the north side of Main Street local artisans had unique, one-of-a-kind, hand made treasures and florals available for purchase. Jeff Breasette from Muncy had some desirable wildlife art; there were handmade soaps from natural products, a professional photographer, garden sculptures made from silver spoons, hand painted silk scarves, hand made baskets, and custom crafted jewelry, individually hand pieced from ceramic, glass, and precious stones.
Food was popular as always. Last year the Muncy Lions Club ran out of food and almost ran out again this year. The Muncy Rotary and Trinity Lutheran Church were also selling sandwiches. Pizza from Orlando’s was popular and so were the baked goods from Muncy’s Bake Shop.
There was face painting and a kids zone with a bounce house monitored by members of the FBLA from Muncy High School. Kiss FM had a sound system and music could be heard from both ends of Main Street which added to the festivities.