Cars among stars of Chambersburg event

July 05, 2003|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Murray Shaw, 71, was 16 when he bought his grandfather's 1928 Model A Ford for $25.

Fifty-five years later, Shaw was enjoying his Fourth of July at the annual celebration at Memorial Park in Chambersburg with his family - and his Ford.

"It's nice, isn't it?" he said with a smile.

Shaw's was one of about 50 entries in the antique car show, and he was among hundreds of visitors Friday afternoon at Memorial Park. The evening's fireworks display was expected to bring thousands.

The antique show, the food and games were staples of the 18th annual Cumberland Valley 21-Day Retreat event.

"How many people can say they have the first car they bought?" Shaw asked.

The car, which from the outside looked almost as if it had just rolled off the assembly line, had shiny fenders, polished bumpers and yellow, spoked wheels with bright white side-walled tires.


Elizabeth Morrison, Shaw's oldest daughter, who was at the car show, said the car has been a family showpiece.

"When I come home, I always like to ride on it," Morrison said. "It's been a family project."

Just a few yards away from the car show, Knights of Columbus members were grilling burgers and hot dogs, which was part of the fund-raiser for the evening fireworks.

Stu Mullin, 55, of Chambersburg said he was having a good time working the grill.

"You gotta take the heat and the smoke," Mullin said.

Ellene Piper, 57, of East Waterford, Pa., had come to sell candles and had set up her tent at 7:30 a.m. Friday. She said she thought her sales went well.

"You don't get rich here, but I did my normal business," Piper said.

Larry Mann, 50, of Chambersburg was running a game booth, and said he thought the crowd was good besides off and on rain showers.

"It's pretty popular. Kids are really having a good time," he said. "Of course, the rain's really running us out. Hopefully, it don't last."

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