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Bellefonte Ready to 'Cruise' into Summer

by and on June 16, 2017 9:00 AM

Related: Bellefonte Cruise Continues to Grow in Popularity

A free car show, live music and a soap box derby will be entertaining car lovers and community members Friday through Sunday during the 2017 Bellefonte Cruise in historic Bellefonte.

The cruise begins at 6 p.m. on Friday with a parade atmosphere on North Allegheny, West Howard and West High streets, all of which will close for the cruise. Cruise chairman Pat McCool said a performance at 8 p.m. by the Beach Boys tribute band the Beach Party Boys will go until 10:30 p.m.

“While it’ll be fun, the cruise isn’t just another car show, but an opportunity to boost the community,” McCool said. “The big thing to understand is this isn’t the 'Pat Show.' This takes countless volunteers.”
The 15 committee members do most of the heavy lifting, but the community helps in all the small ways and it makes all the difference, he said.

Activities kick off on Saturday when the cruise’s judged car show registration opens at 7 a.m. Professional judges will announce the results at 5 p.m. Another throwback band, Johnny Gems and the Red Hot Bananas, will serenade show attendees from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. with their '50s- and '60s-inspired renditions.

For people looking to actually leave with a car, Douty Chalfa Automotive is giving away a 2007 Pontiac G6 convertible on Saturday. Anyone registered before the drawing is eligible to win the car. The winner must be present when announcers call his or her name at approximately 3 p.m. McCool stressed how important all of the event’s sponsors are for keeping the cruise running, and also mentioned how the cruise gives back to those around it.

Both Logan Fire Company No. 1 and Undine Fire Company No. 2 are fundraising during the cruise by selling drinks. McCool said the cruise is a big supporter of everything the companies do for Bellefonte.

On Sunday, a soap box derby will start around noon and last until 5 p.m.

“(Soap box derbies) used to be huge in Bellefonte. I personally remember it and so do a lot of people,” McCool said.

The Bellefonte Cruise will be held rain or shine.



This story was produced by the staff at the Centre County Gazette. It was re-published with permission. The Centre County Gazette is a weekly publication, available at many locations around Centre County every Thursday morning.

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