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Pa. car show helps get fire engines running

August 04, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

MARION, Pa. - The 12th annual Marion Classic Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show was all about the two biggest engines.

Sunday's show, which drew 228 vehicles, served as a fundraiser for the two new firetrucks purchased by the Marion Volunteer Fire Co. The event's organizer said the volunteers came together to pull off the vehicle show in what became its biggest year to date.

"It takes all the company. It takes junior members and senior members, all of them," Frank Suders said.

New for 2008 were awards determined by local veterans, Paul B. Keener, Gary R. Smith and Dennis Wenger from the Vietnam War.

"They're going to pick their own cars and give (trophies) away. I thought this would be a nice time to honor the veterans," said Suders, who served in the military.

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The event on the Marion Festival Grounds drew entrants from as far as Gettysburg, Pa., and Westminster, Md. One man drove from Baltimore on Sunday morning, heading to the fairgrounds that bustled with vendors, food, 50/50 drawings and children's bicycles giveaways.

"I've been involved in all 12 shows, and we started out with 50 or 60 cars at the show," Suders said. "Each year it keeps getting bigger."

While the fire department frequently holds bingo to raise money, Fire Chief Jerry Houpt said the car show seems to appeal to other contributors.

"This is something a little different," Houpt said. "We try to pull a different group of people in with the car show and golf tournament."

Jan Kulp, of Chambersburg, Pa., said she entered a 1982 Chevrolet El Camino for the first time after visiting the show for a few years. She said she appreciates small-town, local events.

"This is a bigger show than what they usually have. We're just enjoying walking around and checking out everyone else's" vehicles, Kulp said.

"It's a good show, a lot of cars. Usually you don't see so many cars at one show," said Mike Benchoff, of Greencastle, Pa.

Todd and Kim DeFrain, of Hanover, Pa., read about the show on the Internet and visited for the first time. They especially enjoy looking at muscle cars.

"It's one of the larger shows we've been at," Todd DeFrain said. "The people are really nice, and it seems pretty well-organized."

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