Newton Falls – While residents of Garrettsville and the surrounding neighborhoods are getting ready for next weekend’s Summerfest, the town of Newton Falls and its community members are hard at work planning for the rapidly-approaching Fourth of July festivities. Part of that preparation every year is the organization of the warm-weather favorite that is the annual Car and Bike Show which helps raise money for the approaching July activities.
nfcarsShiny vehicles in all shapes and sizes lined up and down both sides of the main street of the small town last Saturday, closing off traffic access all the way from the intersection by the fire station, past the second fire station, and in front of Arby’s, tucked away in every nook and cranny, parking lot and alley way that could be found, even along the driveway and under the carport of James Funeral Home! Hundreds of convertibles, street rods and trucks (and even some pint-sized counterparts) were vying for dozens of just-as-sparkly trophies. Sponsored by local businesses, awards were given in several categories including “Longest Distance Traveled”, “People’s Choice”, “Owners’ Choice”, “Mayor’s Choice”, “Best Ford”, “Best Chevy”, “Best Mopar”, and “Best of the Rest” in addition to class-specific prizes acknowledging Corvettes in various year blocks, General Motors vehicles in various year blocks, and place honors for best original and custom, just to name a few, as well as the tallest trophy on the table allotted for “Best in Show”.
Also following with tradition, the First Christian Church once again treated show-goers to delicious berries, cake and ice cream as part of their annual Strawberry Festival. While enjoying dessert under the shade of a nearby tree, visitors could listen to music that was probably played when the vehicles on display originally cruised the streets decades ago. Other event staples such as a Chinese Auction and 50/50 raffle raised funds for next month’s fireworks and vendors offered various wares for those looking for more than just an afternoon strolling among the pretty cars. Fun activities for the kids were available as well, and this year the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the AmVets Post 112 offered a “Dunk a Soldier” booth giving those with a fast arm an opportunity to drop a member of the Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps into a tank with proceeds going to benefit the Wade Park veterans’ hospital.
On Sunday, the Annual Bike Show took over the spotlight and enthusiasts of those two-wheeled vessels crowded the same streets to announce that summer is officially here for Newton Falls!