It’s that time of year again, when local classic enthusiasts gather to commemorate their prized vintage vehicles. The Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 61st annual Old Timer’s Day Classic Car & Truck Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The free event will showcase cars, tractors and emergency vehicles from 1988 and earlier. The registered antique vehicles will line Church Street in Selbyville. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lauren Weaver said more than 100 vehicles are expected to be registered this year. Last year, about 90 vehicles participated in the show.
Vehicle registration and check-in are from 8 to 11 a.m. The registration fee is $10. Judging and door prizes are scheduled to begin immediately afterward, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are six categories for judging: per decade (best interior, exterior and engine compartment), people’s choice, best “overall” car and truck, best of tractors, best of military and best of emergency vehicles. Scores will be tallied from 2 to 2:30 p.m., followed by the award ceremony at 3 p.m.
Although the car and truck show is a focus of the event today, Old Timer’s Day was originally a local strawberry festival. The event has since grown in size and shifted focus.
“Especially on a beautiful day, we expect over 2,000 visitors in Selbyville,” Weaver said.
Old Timer’s Day is designed to be fun for the entire family. The Glass Onion Band, a Delaware rock band, will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A castle bounce house, archery wars and firetruck rides are among the children’s activities offered throughout the day. The Selbyville Railroad Museum will be hosting tours, and the Selbyville Public Library will be hosting a “storywalk.” There will also be a 50/50 raffle, benefiting Delaware Hospice.
“There will be backyard food,” including Hotdogs for the Troops, Weaver said. “They have been there every year for a long time.”
The crowd will be able to enjoy hotdogs, burgers, fish sandwiches, nachos, fries, Rita’s Italian Ice and an assortment of seafood. In addition to food vendors, arts and car supply vendors will be present around town.
Spectators can park on side streets and the municipal parking lots. Handicapped parking is reserved in the lot by town hall.
The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is still requesting volunteers for the event. For more information about Old Timer’s Day or to sign up for to volunteer, visit www.thequietresorts.com.
By Ally Lanasa