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24th Annual Funfest Car Show Saturday September 7

Registrations will be taken in advance, or car owners can register the day of the show
Funfest continues its longtime tradition of recognizing the best in classic cars at its 24TH annual Funfest Car Show, to take place Saturday, September 7 in Downtown Hazleton.  This year’s event, however, will have some changes that organizers believe will make it a better and more enjoyable experience for car owners.  Trophies will be awarded to the twenty “Best Appearing” cars as determined by a panel of judges, and a “Best in Show” will be selected by participants.  DBi Services and Lawn Specialties are exclusive show sponsors for the fourth consecutive year.
“We would like to thank the DeAngelo Family and all of those at DBi and Lawn Specialties for continuing their commitment to the community through their support of the Funfest Car Show,” said Funfest executive director Judiann McGrogan. 
The format for the show has been changed for 2013. Cars will no longer be placed in classes based on make, model and year.  Instead, all cars will be judged together, and the twenty best cars will be selected by judges. The judges will rate each car on its overall appearance or presentation, based on five categories typically evaluated in car shows.  “The car show committee felt that this format will give more car owners a chance to be recognized,” McGrogan said.  “It also makes the set-up of the event easier, and gives everyone an equal chance to showcase their car to the Funfest crowd.”  As the Broad Street Corridor Project continues, car show organizers have had to work with a more narrow show area, so cars will be more spread out, placed down the center of the street.  They will also use alternate exit areas at the conclusion of the show. 
Car Show participants will still have the ability to vote for their choice as “Best In Show,” and a special trophy will be presented to the winner of that category. 
The Funfest show is once again co-chaired by John Nonnemacher and Kristine Palushock, who took over last year, and helped to re-organize the event again in 2013.  “Both Kris and John have experience with organizing other car shows, so we’re very fortunate to have their input,” McGrogan added. Other members of the Car Show Committee are:  Carol Bard, Lauren Bard, Maria Bard, Helen and Al Evanko, Michele Girosky, Josephine Kalenak, Bill McGrogan, Donna Palermo, Wes Palermo, Joe Scarcella, Joey Scarcella, and Vicky Sosar.
Special entertainment will once again be provided during the Car Show.  Local oldies band “The Legends” will perform from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. on the Luzerne County Community College Stage near Broad and Church Streets.  Their appearance is courtesy of keynote entertainment sponsor AutoZone. 
Complementing this year’s theme of celebrating the 80s, a replica of the “KITT Car,” made famous in the 1980s television program “Knight Rider” will be on display throughout the weekend.  Owned by Joe Fiduccia of Effort PA, the car has many special features and voice activated controls, similar to the original car, including rocket launchers, “oil sprayers,” and the signature red scanner lights. The KITT Car is expected to be located at Broad and Church Street, just west of the LCCC Stage, throughout the car show, and on Sunday as well, weather permitting. The car will also lead the Funfest Parade Sunday afternoon.  Its appearance is sponsored by Snyder & Clemente, Accountants and Consultants.
Registration for the Car Show will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at the corner of Laurel and Chestnut Streets.  All registered cars will then be escorted to their display area via south Laurel Street. Registration ends at noon, and a static display begins, with judging starting immediately after. “Best in Show” ballots will be collected at 2:00, and winners will be announced at approximately 3:00 at the LCCC Stage.   
The car show has been a traditional part of Funfest Saturday since 1990, making it unique among car shows. “There is so much more to do and see at Funfest, and we believe it gives car owners and their families an excellent opportunity to enjoy a day out,” McGrogan said. A new attraction this year geared toward kids is the “Touch-A-Truck” event, set to take place just one block away from the car show.  Coordinated by the City of Hazleton, the event gives young children the opportunity to get a close-up look at police cars, fire trucks, street sweepers, busses and more.  Other Funfest Saturday activities include a craft show, signature burger cook-off and bake-off, the Pierogie Hockey Slapshot Challenge, and the Pierogie Eating Contest. Free entertainment is available at three venues, and free Kids Activities are held.  There will also be plenty of food, rides, and other displays. 
Registrations will be taken in advance, or car owners can register the day of the show.  Car Show registration forms and other information about Funfest can be obtained at www.funfestpa.org, or by calling 570-455-1509 or 1-800-OKF-FEST. 

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