Cruise in 2016

2016 car show


For the past 12 summers, the Historical Society has sponsored a car show in Middletown. The first few events took place on the downtown business streets, drawing 50 to 70 entries. The fourth year drew so many entries that we were filling business parking lots and lawns until we finally spilled into Dietrich Park. There were nearly 150 beautiful cars parked everywhere. We were pleasantly overwhelmed. Since then we have moved the event to Dietrich Park where there is room to spread out.

We have consistently drawn 85 to 100 cars each show. It’s has become a well-attended and festive day with live entertainment and craft and food vendors.

In the 12 years of presenting the show, we had never had to cancel for any reason……. until 2016. On the 2nd Saturday in August, the set date for   each show, it rained….a lot. Now, if you own a show car that you have spent years lovingly restoring and polishing, you probably do not want to take it out in bad weather. We cancelled and immediately made the following Saturday the “rain date.” We scrambled to do damage control; rescheduling entertainers and vendors, sending post cards to our regular exhibitors and placing news items in local papers.



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