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30 years and 30 reasons to visit the Bellefonte Cruise

by on June 14, 2018 11:07 AM

30 years and 30 reasons to visit the Bellefonte Cruise

BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte Cruise has entered is 30th consecutive year and there’s plenty of reasons to visit the event this in 2018. And, we’ve come up with 30 of them.

1. Meet the car owners.
Learn about the work they do to keep their cars in such great shape.

2. Win a car.
Enter a raffle this year and you just might be lucky enough win a car. Douty-Chalfa Automotive will offer the winner a choice between a 2001 Audi TT convertible and a 2008 Smart Fortwo Pure. The drawing will be held Saturday, June 16, and you must be present to win. There is no cost to enter.

3. Eat cotton candy, funnel cake, hot sausage sandwiches, french fries and more.
Nothing says a festival like all the delicious food from Snyder’s Concessions and more at the food court.

4. Check out the crafts and goods available from vendors at the marketplace.
Even those who are not into automobiles are sure to find something fun at the cruise.

5. See the town come out.
Check out the great Bellefonte stores and restaurants as they set up stands outside of their businesses for all to visit.

6. Try out some face painting.
It's fun for the kids — and adults, too.

7. Do "The Twist."
A sock hop is set for Friday, June 15, on the diamond. This year's featured band is American Graffiti, performing golden oldies from the '50s and '60s.

8. Enjoy the open cruise. 
On Friday, June 15, go back to a simpler time Fr when cars cruised around Bellefonte and it was the place to be. Sit back and watch the fun from the sidelines or hop in and go for a spin.

9. See what the kids drive.
The Kids Class competition features vehicles from youngsters. Kids can register anything with wheels, including bikes, riding toys, cars and anything else they can get to the registration table. It is free and fun.

10. Dream of riding a classic motorcycle.
The antique motorcycle class highlights bikes that are at least 20 years old.

11. Step back in time with a refreshing beverage.
Grab a vanilla coke from the old-time soda fountain at Plumb’s Drug Store.

12. Wake up to pizza on Cruise Saturday.
The cars will come in early Saturday, June 16, and Pizza Mia in Bellefonte offers a great breakfast pizza that is sure to blow your mind. Eggs and bacon on a pizza — who knew?

13. Watch a soap box derby race.
Nothing says good old-fashioned fun like soap box derby racing. See racers speed down the hills of Bellefonte from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 17. Interested racers can still register on race day.

14. Stop for a drink at Big Springs.
See the inner workings of a hometown distillery.

15. Add to your wardrobe.
Every year, the cruise offers commemorative T-shirts. John Johnstonbaugh has been collecting them for 30 years.

16. Celebrate the end of school.
The Cruise is the first big summer festival in the county after the end of the school year. 

17. Scream for ice cream.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Whether you like soft-serve cones or hard creamery-style goodness, you'll find it at the cruise.

18. Pick up some “Good Vibrations.”
Music group Beach Party Boys pays tribute to the Beach Boys with a performance Saturday, June 16, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

19. Check out the vehicles (of course).
Muscle cars, antique trucks, imports, street cars, motorcycles — you name it, the Historic Bellefonte Cruise has it.

20. Reminisce about past Cruises.
Dave Provan has collected the posters, ball caps, model cars and plaques from the past 29 cruises and created a display in the Diamond Deli window. It will take you back.

21. Check out a restaurant you've been meaning to visit.
Take a break from the heat at the Bellefonte Wok, Blonde Bistro or Governors Pub and see what great eats Bellefonte has to offer.

22. Take a stroll through Talleyrand Park.
Bellefonte’s beautiful downtown park offers a scenic respite.

23. Feel the excitement.
It will be building Saturday afternoon during the awards presentation at the main stage in the diamond. Will your favorite car win Best in Show?

24. Watch the kids dance.
There's music throughout the Cruise and little kids can’t help but dance to the tunes.

25. Take in the sights and sounds.
Saturday night, June 16, after the awards show is when the winning cars take to the streets and take one finial cruise around Bellefonte.

26. Give dad the perfect gift.
Always on Father’s Day weekend, the Bellefonte Cruise is a great way to spend some time with dad.

27. Enjoy the Victorian buildings.
Most cars shows take place in open fields, but Bellefonte offers a backdrop of historic buildings.

28. Get your steps in.
The Cruise stretches across downtown Bellefonte from Talleyrand Park to the elementary school, so you will have chance to get in some steps and enjoy the June weather.

29. See old friends, and maybe make some new ones.
For many, the Cruise is time to get together with old pals and meet new ones.

30. Catch a ride.
If you are worried about parking in Bellefonte for the Cruise, let someone else drive into town for you. Fullington Trailways will offer a free shuttle running from Bellefonte Area High School to three different Cruise locations from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 16.


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