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Muscle on Main: Classic cars, muscle cars line Main Street, Kutztown


By lmitchell@berksmontnews.com">Lisa Mitchell, Patriot Editorlmitchell@berksmontnews.com

Monday, July 22, 2013

Muscle cars rumbled into Kutztown and lined up along the closed Main Street Saturday.
“The whole atmosphere is unique to a specific crowd,” said Diane Piscitelli, member of Kutztown Community Partnership. “I think it’s great.”
Kutztown Community Partnership hosted their 5th Annual Muscle on Main Car Cruise, July 20, from 4 to 8p.m.
“It’s a wonderful event for the community,” said Janet Yost, Kutztown Community Library Director. “Despite the hot weather, this is a great event. We’re having a lot of fun.”
A new KCP member and working behind the KCP table, Yost said she enjoys looking at the different cars every year at Muscle on Main.
“I like the way people take care of them and appreciate the history,” said Yost.
Registration was down this year, with about 60 vehicles compared to last year’s record breaking event of 300 cars.
“It is definitely a smaller event than last year,” said Amanda Keith Verrastro, KCP Main Street Program Director. “We’re just hoping every year it’ll get bigger and better but Mother Nature decides a lot of that.”
Verrastro credits the low attendance to a lot of other events scheduled for that day in the area, as well as the head.
“The heat and humidity do not do us justice,” she said.
Verrastro said they got the organization aspects of the event working like a well oiled machine and hopes word spreads about the event.
“Hopefully, they’ll be here next year.”
But the heat did not hinder the spirits of the local car enthusiasts.
Corvette owners David and Karen Hinkle, Fleetwood, and Jacqueline and Darrell Geist, Topton, set up their camp chairs along the sidewalk behind their cars and spent the evening reminiscing about their favorite car with friends and sharing the Corvette camaraderie.
“Brings back memories,” said Jacqueline.
“The Corvette is a legend. It’s been around for 50 years,” said Karen.
“It’s an American symbol,” said David. “I fell in love with them many years ago when I saw one in Kutztown.”
“Once you drive one, you’re hooked,” said Joanne Sunday, Bowers.
They have participated in Muscle on Main for the past few years.
“It’s local, you don’t have to go far and you see a lot of people you know,” said Sunday.
Dave said he enjoys displaying his Corvette at a local car cruise.
Sponsored by Deka, Haldeman Ford, the Kutztown Rotary and the Borough of Kutztown, Muscle on Main was open to classic and new cars, trucks, and race cars.
“It offers an opportunity to see a different view of Main Street,” said Verrastro. “Look at muscle cars, listen to music and eat great food, you don’t always get to see that, you don’t always get to see Main Street still and excited at the same time.”
Kutztown Rotary Club sold hot dogs and birch beer.
“It’s great to see all the people,” said Rotarian Nancy Hilendbrand of Edward J. Hildenbrand Funeral Home, Inc. “It’s wonderful, the cars, the people.”
“I think all events add to Kutztown the ability and opportunity to enjoy Main Street, the businesses and socialize,” said Rotarian Pamela Kelchner.
Free for spectators of all ages, there was music from the rock band Shake, Rattle, and Soul while attendees strolled alongDowntown Kutztown. There was also food, vendors,door prizes and raffle prizes donated by local community businesses.
“We’re really appreciative to all of our sponsors and our volunteers and the car owners who came out,” said Verrastro.