Hundreds expected at Salem’s Pig Roast and Car Show
Salem Church, Lenhartsville, will hold its 9th Annual Pig Roast and Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 16. The day will feature farm vehicles, a bloodmobile, a silent auction and contests and activities for adults and children.
“This is a great opportunity for our church family to come together and show our community who we are,” said Pastor Dave Long, “and we also have a lot of fun.”
Volunteers began prepping months ago for the more than 800 visitors expected to attend. Many put in long hours, Long noted, but the hard work pays off. Otto Schick, event chairman, agrees.
“There is so much team work that goes on,” he said. “We get to see people and meet with old friends. And we help people by donating blood to the Keystone Miller Bloodmobile, plus extra food is donated to Wyndcliffe Apartments.”
First on the day’s schedule is the car show, staged in the front parking lot facing Old Route 22. Last year, more than 75 vehicles entered including classics, customs, hot rods and antiques. Motorcycle standouts were custom bikes and antique Harleys and Indians.
Gates will open for vehicle entries at 11 a. m.; the show runs from noon to 3 p. m. Prizes are awarded for best paint, best engine, the top five cars, the top three motorcycles and the top three trucks. Door prizes are buckets of car- care items.
As crowds browse the cars, local band Roy’s Gym will perform hits from the 1950s and ‘ 60s. Guests can also purchase a cone of local favorite Candy’s Homemade Ice Cream from a food truck located in the car show area.
Around the side of the church, antique tractors and engines will be on display. Most will come from local properties in Berks County, with Farmall, Oliver, Ford, Allis- Chalmers and John Deere represented.
Last year, approximately 35 farm vehicles were on site. A similar number is expected in 2017.
“Rumor has it we will have our first antique Oli- ver Crawler on display this year. We’ve never had something like that show up,” said Long, an admitted tractor enthusiast.
The tractor area will offer two competitions for guests: a hay- bale toss and a miniexcavator challenge. The latter is a new event at Salem’s Car Show and Pig Roast and will allow competitors to try their hand at basic skills.
There is no charge to enter the tractor show. Car show registrations include a free meal ticket with entry fee. An early registration discount is offered through Saturday, Sept. 9.
Advance meal tickets are also suggested for the pig roast, which typically draws more than 800 guests and often sells out, as was the case in 2016. The church does reserve a number of meals to share with resi-
Dozens of antique tractors are expected at Salem Church’s Pig Roast and Car Show, on Saturday, Sept. 16. Last year’s event included Farmall, Oliver, Ford, Allis- Chalmers and John Deere on the church property, 2150Old Route 22, Lenhartsville.