Palmerton car show returns, bed race a success
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS With 42-inch-tall tires, this 1999 Ford F-150 owned by David Ritter of Weatherly received plenty of attention at the Palmerton Car Show held Saturday in the borough park.
The anticipation built as each vehicle made its way through the grass and neatly parked in its space.
For the car buffs who attended the first Palmerton Car Show in nearly a decade-and-a-half, its return was well worth the wait
About 240 vehicles registered to be a part of the event hosted by the Pace-Makers Association Saturday in the borough park, according to Terry Costenbader, public relations.
Costenbader said the cars were high quality. "Our first time back (in 14 years) has been a real shot in the arm for us."
David Ritter, of Weatherly, entered his 1999 Ford F-150 truck into the car show.
"It's a nice day to get out," Ritter said. "I'm impressed with the big turnout."
Alan Arthofer and Alecia Hawk, of Bowmanstown, were among those in attendance.
"There's a big turnout," Arthofer said. "This is a lot of cars; I'm very impressed."
Hawk said the event "brings back old memories."
All proceeds from the event benefit local youth recreational and sports organizations.
Dash plaques were given to the first 100 cars. A total of 25 awards were presented in various categories.
The first car show in the borough was held in 1990. In 1998, the Pace-Makers Association held its annual "Rolling Cruise" in addition to the car show.
In 2000, the Pace-Makers held its 10th and final "Annual Car Show." The "Rolling Cruise" continued to be held as an annual fundraiser until 2010, when club membership dwindled to about eight members.
About $63,350 has been raised and donated to area recreation over the years, Costenbader said.
Also on Saturday, Family Promise of Carbon County held its annual bed race, amid plenty of fanfare.
First place went to Bomber Basketball Bed, Palmerton High School Basketball Team, which turned in the fastest time of 16.9 seconds. In addition, the team also received the "People's Choice Award" for the team with the best or most outrageous theme.
The team was comprised of Mason Stahler, Zach Buck, Spencer Hay, Joe Suto and Kody Kolnik.
Buck said he enjoyed the event.
"It's pretty fun," Zach said. "I thought it was easier than we thought."
Alicia Kline, director, Family Promise, said the bed race generated close to $4,000. The event is Family Promise's top fundraising event of the year.
Event spokeswoman MaryJo King said the bed race was a huge success.
"On behalf of Family Promise of Carbon County, I would like to thank all the teams who entered and raced in this event, as well as all the volunteers," King said. "The money raised will help support the homeless families of Carbon County we serve."
Each participant in the bed race received a pass for free entry (valued at $31.75) at Skirmish USA in Albrightsville.
King said the group is looking forward to a bigger event next year. Anyone who would like more information about the annual bed race, or Family Promise, may contact King at 610-349-9732.