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NEW CASTLE '50s festival plans vroom with a view



Published: Sun, July 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The event at Cascade Park will feature cars, concerts and competitions.

By VERONICA GORLEY

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Dust off your poodle skirts, hair grease and bobby socks -- it's time to go back to the '50s.

The 15th annual Phil Fitts Ford Back to the '50s Weekend in New Castle will be Thursday through July 8. Events will take place in Cascade Park on Pa. Route 65, and gates open at 9 a.m.

"It's a family event -- a laid-back atmosphere and all '50s music," said John Morgan, one of the event's promoters.

What it costs: Cost for spectators is $6 per day, and children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free. All events, with the exception of the car cruise, will take place at the park.

With more than a thousand cars and thousands of spectators, "there's always something going on," Morgan said.

Custom and hot rod cars and trucks will be one of the weekend's main attractions.

Participants may enter a vehicle in the car show when they arrive at the park. Cost of showing a car for the four-day weekend is $40, which includes admission for the driver and one passenger for the entire weekend. Single day registration is $20 per day, which includes admission for the driver and one passenger. Proceeds from the events will benefit Cascade Park.

Car show: The Super Sunday Show and Shine Car Show will take place the morning of July 8. Car show participants will judge the show and present awards to the top three finishers in 16 classes. New Castle Mayor Tim Fulkerson will present a trophy to his favorite car, and the People's Choice award will allow spectators to vote on their favorite car. Three other special awards will also be presented.

Winners will be announced during intermission of the Johnny Angel and the Halos concert at 3 p.m. July 8.

The '50s weekend will also feature two concerts every day. Concert-goers should bring lawn chairs or blankets, and during inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the newly restored Victorian dance pavilion.

Other attractions include automotive vendors, concessions and automotive games of skill. Valve cover races, flame throwing, muffler rapping and wheel and spark plug changing contests for men and women will be held, and prizes will be awarded for the best times.

The Laurel High School Band will handle the parking for the events as a fund raiser. Parking will be available for $1 at Cascade Park and its adjacent lots, Bruce & amp; Merrilees Industrial Park on Cass Street, Lawrence County Vocational School on Wood Street and the lower entrance from Deshon field at the corner of Deshon and Cascade boulevards.




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