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Fahrney-Keedy festival 'great way to spend a Saturday'

August 01, 2009|By MARIE GILBERT

BOONSBORO -- For drivers who have grown tired of the cloned designs of today's cars, consider the 1957 Chevrolet four-door 210.

With its bug-eyed headlights, sporty tail fins and lots of shiny chrome, it stands out in a crowd.

It certainly caught the eye of Robin Harmison of Hagerstown, who was just a youngster when she spotted a neighbor driving a new Chevy 210 into his driveway.

"It was love at first sight," said her husband, Terry Harmison. "She thought she had never seen anything quite like it."

When the owner passed away about 35 years ago, he said his wife was lucky enough to buy the car at an estate sale.

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"It's been her baby ever since," he said.

Over the years, the couple has enjoyed taking the car to small shows, where it attracts attention from people of all ages.

That was the case Saturday, when the blue Chevy 210 was part of a classic car cruise-in at the Fahrney-Keedy Home & Village Summer Festival.

In addition to a display of classic cars, the event featured arts and crafts, a water park, a petting zoo, a magic show and children's games.

This is the fifth year for the festival, chairwoman Kelli Lichtenberg said.

The event originally was known as the Heritage Festival. But last year, there was a name change, which was done to give the show more of a beach theme.

Lichtenberg said proceeds from the festival will go to Fahrney-Keedy's Benevolent Fund, which assists residents who no longer can afford room and board.

Last year's festival raised about $5,000, she said.

"We have a lot of sponsors," Lichtenberg said. "And that really helps."

Each year, the festival has continued to grow, both in vendors and attendance, she said.

"We're having perfect weather, so we're expecting a great crowd," Lichtenberg said. "In addition to the public, it's an opportunity for the residents and their families to come out and enjoy the day."

Terry Harmison said the Corvettes or street rods usually garner most of the attention at car shows.

"But our car is one of only a few four-doors," he said.

The Harmisons recently drove their Chevy to a show in Ocean City, Md., and returned home with a trophy.

"Out of 3,100 cars in the show, it couldn't have been a bigger thrill to be a winner," Terry Harmison said.

While Bud Bailey of Hagerstown checked out the cars at the cruise-in, his wife, Maddie, checked out the crafts.

"I love these kinds of events," she said. "I always find lots of things to buy. It's a great way to spend a Saturday."

It was a family affair for sisters Toni Winters and Barb Rowe of Hagerstown, who browsed the craft area with Rowe's daughter, Katrina, 15.

"It was such a beautiful day, we thought this would be a nice outdoor event," Winters said. "I feel a little guilty, though. My husband is home mowing the lawn."

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