Hun­dreds ex­pected at Salem’s Pig Roast and Car Show

Day fea­tures farm ve­hi­cles, blood­mo­bile, silent auc­tion, live mu­sic, food, ac­tiv­i­ties for adults and kids

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - 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 Oliver 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 res­i­dents of Wyn­d­cliffe Apart­ments in Ham­burg.

“It is one way we can help meet the needs of some of our neigh­bors and show them what Christ’s love is,” Long ex­plained. “And that’s what we at Salem are all about.”

Church mem­bers visit Wyn­d­cliffe and share meals through­out the year, and Long said it has been a pos­i­tive way to build re­la­tion­ships with apart­ment res­i­dents.

“I look for­ward to ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to get to know them bet­ter,” he said.

Meals are avail­able from noon to 6 p.m. in Salem’s kitchen, lo­cated at the rear of the fa­cil­ity, and in­clude pulled pork, ap­ple­sauce, mac­a­roni salad, baked beans and roll. Home­made desserts are avail­able by do­na­tion.

Salem’s gym will also host a range of ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing

the Sept. 16 event. One op­tion is the silent auc­tion, which will fea­ture big-ticket items like a large smoker and a new in­door chest freezer filled with frozen, pack­aged ribs, roasts and chops.

Tommy and To­nia Krick, mem­bers of Salem Church, or­ga­nize the auc­tion.

“We try to make it big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year by al­ways adding or tweak­ing some­thing to keep ev­ery­one’s in­ter­est,” Tommy said. “This year is no dif­fer­ent and our Silent Auc­tion will have some big items that I can’t wait to start bid­ding on.”

Cen­ter­shot, the church’s com­pet­i­tive archery pro­gram, will have a range avail­able in­side the gym. A chil­dren’s “Pig Pen,” fea­tur­ing free crafts and draw­ings, will be tucked into one cor­ner. Fam­i­lies will also be in­vited to “Touch the Truck” in an out­door area.

Other in­door op­tions in­clude a Guess the Weight of the Ham con­test and signups for the Key­stone Miller Blood­mo­bile. Church mem­bers will staff a prayer ta­ble, where guests can leave re­quests or stop for a time of prayer.

“It’s a com­mu­nity out­reach,” Schick said. “We want to show the com­mu­nity who Salem church is and what we stand for, and hope­fully to bring some­one into God’s king­dom.”

Krick con­curred, “We want to in draw our neigh­bors and friends and show them what we are all about. How can you not be ex­cited?”

For de­tails, to reg­is­ter for the car show or blood­mo­bile or to pur­chase ad­vance meal tick­ets, con­tact the church: 610-562-5033 or WeAreSalemChurch@gmail.com.

Salem Church is lo­cated at 2150 Old Route 22, Lenhartsville. Vis­i­tors are wel­come any Sun­day to wor­ship ser­vice at 9 a.m. and Sun­day School classes for all ages at 10:30 a.m. The con­gre­ga­tion also has adult life groups, youth ac­tiv­i­ties and reg­u­lar ex­er­cise groups. For a de­tailed sched­ule, visit them online: face­book.com/ WeAreSalem.

The 9th An­nual Pig Roast and Car Show will be held rain or shine. All pro­ceeds ben­e­fit the min­istries of Salem Church. This year’s event is spon­sored by Gen­er­a­tion Sys­tem In­te­gra­tors LLC of Kutz­town.

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