Weather was perfect on Sunday for the 23rd annual Dream Come True Festival and Car Show held at Becky's Drive In, Berlinsville. The event has raised over $195,000 for Dream Come True over the past 22 years.
Cindy Deppe, coordinator, said that the event raises nearly $10,000 a year for Dream Come True, plus Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts and other organizations also raise money at the event.
"We had 60 vendors this year and more than 400 show cars," she said. The car show was hosted by the Blue Ridge Rod and Custom Car Club.
The weather worked in the festival's favor this year, slightly windy, then later it was warm and sunny, perfect weather for the little ones to enjoy the activities and for the car buffs to see the best car show in the area.
"Our employees volunteer their time to serve breakfast and all those proceeds are turned over to Dream Come True," said Deppe. "We are so grateful for the support of the community for this event." She said that the great entertainment is sponsored by local businesses.
One of the lovey cars on display was a red and white 1955 Ford Fairlane Sunliner "Priti Lady" owned by Patti Lokay of Northampton. Lokay's husband, Ron, said the car is something special.
"It will be on the cover of Fmocho Times in 2011 with the entire story of "finding" her and restoring her to her present glory.
"This car was restored over a 15-year period," he said. "It has raised $71,000 for the Northampton Fire Department."
Lokay organizes the Rediscover Northampton Car and Truck Classic which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.
The atmosphere at Becky's Drive In was inviting, with non stop entertainment throughout the day. In all everyone had a good time eating home made goodies made by Palmerton Girl Scouts, Lehigh Township Cub and Boy Scouts and Lions Clubs. The flea market had a variety of items, from household trinkets to handmade blankets and pillows. There were lines throughout the day for the fresh cut fries and peach cobbler cooked over an open fire until supplies ran out.
More people were able to attend the event this year Deppe said because a neighbor created more parking in the rear of the event. Even that parking was filled and people parked at the ball field and Berlinsville Hotel and walked in.
Hodge Podge DJ was offering music by screen one and Jolly Holly, a balloon twister and clown was strolling the grounds. Offering live entertainment was the Twitty Fever Band and the Dream Kids also offered music.