Two car cruises are planned in downtown New Castle.
By LAURE CIOFFI
VINDICATOR NEW CASTLE BUREAU
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Cool cars aren't the only attraction this year at the annual Back to the '50s weekend.
There's a good chance some people attending will end up on ESPN2's "Street Rodder TV."
A crew from the show will film Saturday at the 16th annual Back to the '50s in Cascade Park, located off East Washington Street.
Back to the '50s starts at 9 a.m. each day and runs from Thursday to Sunday.
In addition to the cars, there will be food vendors, entertainment and crafts.
Excited about attention
Tami Marshall, event spokeswoman, said Street Rodder magazine, a monthly magazine dedicated to car buffs, also will be on hand to feature one of the vintage car owners in a future issue. Most cars featured at Back to the '50s were built before 1972.
She said a representative from the magazine will choose the "Street Rodder Pick."
"We are excited. This is the first time we've had this kind of attention," she said.
The magazine and television program were contacted by Marshall's father, Chuck Lombardo, who is the event's organizer, and agreed about a month ago to participate, she added.
It's unclear when the television segment and the magazine article will run, Marshall said.
In addition to the daily activities at Cascade Park, there will be two "moonlight cruises" in downtown New Castle from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The Columbus Innerbelt will be closed beginning at 8:30 p.m. for the event. Only registered cars will be permitted to park in that area.
Registration will be accepted at the gate each day of the event, Marshall said.