Start your engines: Annual machine show comes to Martinsburg park
With a new location and an effort to expand its appeal, the Keystone Chapter of the Antique Truck Club of America is holding this year’s annual Antique Truck and Machinery Show at Morrisons Cove Memorial Park, Martinsburg, on Aug. 16 and 17.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and share our love of the machines of years past with others, as well as providing a nice family friendly activity that helps support the valuable facilities we have at the park,” event organizer Mary A. Smith said.
The club is celebrating 30 years and has members from Blair, Centre, Cambria, Huntingdon and Bedford counties.
The park is helping to expand the show with vendors and crafters, Smith said.
Kids activities will also take place, including a coloring contest, which is available for download on the park’s website, mcmp.org.
A pedal car obstacle course will be open, along with other everyday park activities, such as swimming and skating. Camping facilities are also open at the park.
Vehicle registration, $10, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
And food is on the show’s menu.
A breakfast buffet opens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Ken and Gladys Weaver Banquet Facility, $8 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under. From noon to 1:30 p.m., concessions will be for sale at the banquet facility.
From 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday is a continental breakfast for $5. From noon to 1:30 p.m. at the banquet facility will be the Park Sunday Buffet, $14 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.
An outdoor worship service led by Pastor Lew Button of the Martinsburg Church of God will be held in the bingo pavilion at 10 a.m. Sunday.
Cara Ebersole, who is second vice president on the volunteer park board, said the event is a “good thing” for the park, and is an opportunity to raise awareness: “Try to get as many people involved in this as we can, get people out and about, … let them see, there is a lot of space at the park and we have the ability to do things like this, and a lot of times that space gets underutilized.”
“We do have a lot of people who come up for the July 4 celebration, and they do see the grounds, but it’ll be nice to have something like this. I’m really excited that they decided to move it to the park this year,” she said.
The event is “shaping up to be a really fun weekend,” Smith said.
It’s also a chance to help.
“I’d really like to see this take off because it’s something that can help support them, and the park is … a great facility. … It’s just that people have to realize it’s there and (they) can go and use it,” Smith said.
If you cannot make it to the event, but want to make a donation to help the park, visit mcmp.org.
Mirror Staff Writer Amanda Gabeletto is at 949-7030. Follow her on Twitter (@AmandaGabeletto), Facebook (Amanda Gabeletto Altoona Mirror) or on her Mirror blog “House of Gab” at www.altoonamirror.com.