Wheels at the Lake benefits area food pantries|
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
CURWENSVILLE - The beautiful scenery at Curwensville Lake Recreation Area will be accentuated by vast amounts of chrome and horsepower this weekend, both features of the annual Wheels at the Lake festival.
This is the fourth year for the celebration of vehicles organized by the Chinklacamoose Chapter of the Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education and the Shekinah Glory Riders, Clearfield county-based motorcycle organizations. Proceeds raised through the event will benefit the Clearfield and Curwensville food pantries.
Robin Clark, manager of the pantries, said the donations of food and funds collected Saturday and Sunday will help them continue to serve local residents. Clark said the pantries have had funding cut in past years while clientele at both has continued to increase. She said Wheels at the Lake donations can help to keep residents from going without food. She said she hoped those who can give would be generous as has been the case in prior years. "Last year we were able to purchase meat for the Christmas baskets through the financial donations raised at Wheels at the Lake," she said.
Admission to the event is a non-perishable food item per person. Registration fees for various activities and any donations received will also be donated to the food pantries. A $2 per vehicle entrance fee is also charged by Curwensville Lake Authority as admission to the Curwensville Lake Recreation Area to help defray the lake's expenses.
Diane Shaw of ABATE said Wheels at the Lake offers something for the entire family including children's activities, an ice cream run, motorcycle and classic car shows, worship, music and a motorcycle rodeo combined with the many outdoor recreation opportunities found at the lake including swimming, boating and fishing.
Saturday's activities include a dice run. Registration for the run is open from 10 a.m. to noon. The entry fee is $10 per person. The run begins at the lake at noon and ends no later than 6 p.m. at the Dam Inn on state Route 453 near the entrance to Curwensville Lake. There will be cash prizes, raffles, door prizes, food and music available at the conclusion of the run.
A tourist ice cream run will begin at 1 p.m. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to Mike Ferrance of the Shekinah Glory Riders, there is no charge to participate in the approximately two-hour tour that will visit some of Clearfield County's scenic spots and includes a stop for ice cream.
The third annual classic car at the lake show begins at noon. Registration is from 9 a.m. to noon. A $5 entry fee per vehicle will be charged. Three trophies will be awarded in each of 12 classes as well as the Glenn Stephenson Memorial Award, sponsored by the Dam Inn, given to the vehicle that is judged to be the best of the show.
The classes are class one, stock cars and trucks through 1942; class two, stock cars and trucks, 1943-55; class three, stock cars 1956-63; class four, stock cars, 1964-71; class five, stock cars 1972-90; class six, all two-seat sports cars; class seven, stock trucks 1947-75; class eight, all modified trucks both four-wheel and two-wheel drives; class nine, street rods through 1948; class 10, all modified cars 1949 to present; class 11, all tuner cars 1989 to present; and class 12, all special interest vehicles.
Disc jockey Joey Bang will provide music from noon to 4 p.m. There will be concession stands open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and children's activities including a coloring contest, games and a jumping castle beginning at noon.
Blessings of motorcycles and bicycles will be given upon request both Saturday and Sunday and there will also be a continuous presentation about the Operation Save a Life program both days.
Sunday's activities open with a non-denominational church service beginning at 10 a.m. at pavilion No. 4 sponsored by the Shekinah Glory Riders. Music will be provided by Rich Woods. The message will be "Awful to Lawful" centered on a story from the Bible's Old Testament and God's redemptive grace.
A motorcycle show begins at 1 p.m. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The categories include class one, rat; class two, antique; class three, American dresser; class four, foreign dresser; class five, foreign stock; class six, American stock; class seven, radical custom; class eight, modified custom; class nine, regular custom; class 10, trike; and class 11, scooter. A best of show award will also be presented.
A bike rodeo will begin at 3 p.m. There will be single and partner games of skill. Those participating must be age 18 or older.
Music will be provided from 6-9 p.m. by Reckless Endangerment.
For information about Wheels at the Lake or any of its activities, contact Dave Evans, ABATE president, at 765-9846.