Cruisin’ The Square results

By on October 25, 2017

Pair on the Square: car show and expo

Saturday’s cloudy weather didn’t deter car owners, auto enthusiasts, or area businesses from packing Manheim’s Market Square for the annual Cruisin’ the Square car show. This year, guests got a two-fer — a chance to check out some great vehicles and to visit with area businesses at the Manheim Chamber’s Business Expo.

The car show also had a new host — the Manheim Lions Club. Lions Club representative Nancy Husser said the organization was pleased with the turnout, both with regard to number of show entries and visitors to the show. Nearly 175 vehicles, including antique and classic cars, motorcycles, and trucks filled the historic square, spilling over to a portion of the first blocks of North and South Charlotte streets.

Joe Meshey details his 65 Mustang GT fastback. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

It was the first time at the car show for Kevin Collins, a Harrisburg-area Air Force veteran who served in the Gulf War and in Iraq. He and his son, Drake, an Air Force K9 handler, showed a 2009 Harley Davidson custom Heritage softail.

“This is a great venue. There’s a real hometown feel, and people will talk with you about your vehicle,” Kevin said adding that he was encouraged to enter the bike by a friend.

People admired his bike or thanked both he and his son for their service to our country. Throughout the square other car enthusiasts chatted with vehicle owners. Sometimes they reminisced about having a similar vehicle or simply asked questions.

Judy and Andy Andrews’ 1934 Chevy two-door sedan street rod is decked out in seasonal finery for Cruisin’ the Square.

While the vehicles took center stage on the pavement, local businesses were showcased on the sidewalk during the business expo. Manheim chamber administrative coordinator Kelly Lauver said that 11 businesses participated this year.

The event had previously been held in the Manheim Central High School gym in conjunction with the Manheim Community Farm Show. This year the timing for the space did not work out.

“We’re happy with the results of this year’s expo,” Lauver said. “We’re looking forward to growing it next year.”

Kevin Collins (right) and son, Drake, with Kevin’s 2009 custom Heritage Harley Davidson softail.

Live entertainment was provided by Steel Radiance, an all-female band playing classic rock and blues. Food was available for purchase at a food truck or food stands. Manheim Community Library hosted several story time programs throughout the event, and staff from Big Dream Creative Arts Studio hosted face painting and a children’s craft area.

The show’s trophies are as distinctive as the event itself. Trophies, including Best of Show, were hand-crafted by the artisans at Manheim’s Stiegel Glassworks 1976.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at


Best of Show: Jeff and Ellen Markel, Lititz, 1937 Chevy ½-Ton Pickup

First Runner Up: Mark Will, Manheim, 1960 Ford Thunderbird

People’s Choice: Cody Cleveland, Harrisburg, 1992 Mazda RX-7 Efini Type R

Manheim Chamber of Commerce: Chris Shimer, Manheim, 1937 Chrysler Airflow

Manheim Lions Club: Jim Kreider, Manheim, 1961 Chevy Corvette Convertible

Sponsor – Hondru: Doug Garman, Manheim, 1932 Ford Tudor

Sponsor – Manheim Auto Auction: Harold and Berna Keck, Lititz, 1938 Chevy Sedan

Sponsor – Worley & Obetz: Doris Kiehl, East Petersburg, 1957 Chevy Corvette

Sponsor – Adcock Bros Inc: Peter Poneros, Lancaster, 1959 Cadillac Sr62 Convertible

Baron Insurance: Jon Hansen, Mountville, 1957 Ford Custom

Library Kids Choice: Randy Kaylor, Manheim, 2009 JEI Sprint car

Best By Decade – 1920s: Vern Auker, Marietta, 1929 Ford Model A Coupe

Best By Decade – 1930s: Terry Burkhart, Elizabethtown, 1930 Ford Sedan

Best By Decade – 1940s: Glenn Kaylor, Manheim, 1948 Crosley Sedan Delivery

Best By Decade – 1950s: Russ Flick, Lititz, 1951 Ford Wagon

Best By Decade – 1960s: Tim Ott, Denver, 1969 Chevy Yenko Camaro

Best By Decade – 1970s: Scott Witmer, Lancaster, 1977 Chevy Corvette

Best By Decade – 1980s: Roy and Linda Musser, Willow Street, 1982 Chevy Corvette

Best By Decade – 1990s: Bob Reifsnyder, Hershey, 1996 Chevy Corvette

2000-2017: Robert Reath, New Providence, 2012 Chevy Camaro SS/RS

Best Motorcycle: Kevin Collins, Harrisburg, 2009 Harley Heritage Softail

Most Likely to be in a Police Chase: Connie Binkley, Manheim, 2010 Dodge Cuda Tribute

Best Paint Job: David Brown, Manheim, 1933 Ford Truck/Street Rod

Best Interior Restoration: Bill Ulrich, Manheim, 1957 Chevy Nomad

Most Unusual Paint Job: Harry Buck, Annville, 1974 Plymouth Cuda


Spectators examine Jeff King’s 1963 Studebaker Avanti.


Great rides!


Checking out cars at Cruisin’ the Square car show and Manheim Chamber Business Expo.


What a show!


The Best of Show trophy went to Jeff and Ellen Markel, Lititz, who brought a 1937 Chevy ½-Ton Pickup to the show.


The hand-blown glass trophies.


Manheim Community Library youth librarian Colleen Gergely reads to children during a story time at Cruisin’ the Square.


Elise Deppen (left) of Big Dream Creative Arts Studio paints a sugar skull on Cali Inthavongsa.

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