Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Preparing for the 2013 Car Show and Classic Weekend

For those of you who do not know about this, the Alum Bank Fire Company located in Alum Bank, PA hosts a classic weekend featuring antique and classic cars, motorcycles, and tractors. The planning for the 2013 Alum Bank Classic Weekend is well underway. The events will take place July 11-14, 2013 on the Alum Bank Fire Company grounds.  The committee has been hard at work planning the venue for this year’s events and this year promises not to disappoint once again.

We plan to begin our Classic Weekend once again this year with our annual firemen’s parade. The lineup will take place on Barefoot Road and weave through town ending at the fire company grounds. The parade line-up will begin at 6pm with the parade taking place at 7.  There will be live entertainment featuring "Revised Edition" beginning at 7pm in the pavilion. Additional details for the evening will be updated in future posts.  Modified Garden Tractor Pulls by the Allegheny Pullers Association sponsored by Dulls Auto Wreckers will be taking place on the new track at the lower section of the grounds. (Modified Garden Tractor Pull Video) There will also be Children's Paddle Tractor Pulls beginnign at 8 pm taking place on the north side of the banquet hall.

The plans for Friday evening remain very similar to years past. We have received a lot of positive feedback about the Cruise-In that will take place Friday evening as well as the Burn-Out Competition, starting at 6:30pm, on the concrete pad(Burnout Video)in the field. The Fabulous Flashbacks will also be returning to provide the evening entertainment in the pavilion beginning at 7:30 pm.

Saturday morning, the guys will be up bright and early getting the barbeque pit fired up for the Chicken Barbeque. We plan on cars and motorcycles to begin rolling in for the show in the early part of the morning. Judging will begin at 10am even though registration will run until 1pm. We plan to change back to the old way of presenting the awards. We plan to announce the place winners in order from 5th to 1st in each class instead of the five awards of excellence.

Plans are still being worked out for some of the activities for Saturday evening. One event is for certain. Shortly after our 2010 weekend, we had a local merchant stop by and ask to sponsor the fireworks for the next couple of years. We thought about this for a short moment...a very short moment and gratefully accepted. We are pleased to announce that Walt Michaels, owner of The Fishertown Country Store in Fishertown and the Chestnut Ridge Market in Ryot will be sponsoring the fireworks display. Walt has been working directly with Chris to plan the show and is excited about this year’s event. He will not tell us everything, but he assures us that it will definitely be worth coming out Saturday July 13, 2013 to see.  Another event you will not want to miss will be the Tractor Pulls once again.  Weigh ins are scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm with the pulls to begin at 3.  There will also be four classes of Pickups including the new 2wd class and the Street, Modified Street, and Hot Street classes.  

Sunday will be very similar to past years with the pigs coming off of the roaster in the morning in time for the 11 o’clock opening of the kitchen. The annual tractor parade will begin the events for the day followed by the pedal tractor pull at 1:00 pm. This year the ages have increased to include all ages youth thru adult to try their skill pulling the sled in the pedal tractor pull.  We plan to conclude the weekend once again following these events with our door prize drawings.

It proves to be an exhausting weekend for the firemen, auxiliary, cooks behind the scenes, and all of our community members who volunteer to make this weekend a success. We would like to thank our many sponsors for their generosity each year. For those who have been in attendance at our classic weekend, we would love to hear your comments. Check back often for updates on the weekend events.