Hun­dreds ex­pected at Salem’s Pig Roast and Car Show

The Hamburg Area Item - - Local News - By Kolleen Long For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

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.

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