New diversions will add some fresh pep to the 62nd annual Old Timer’s Day festival, on Saturday, June 15.
Selbyville’s street festival returns from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, with a classic car show, live music by the Glass Onion party band, door prizes, kids’ activities, food vendors and more. A beer garden and a ladies’ Pin Up Contest are new for 2019.
Most of the activities are along Church Street, from town hall to the former PNC Bank at Main Street.
Families can ride around town on a firetruck with the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company. Children’s activities also include a bounce house, face-painting and juggling lessons.
“This is a great year to participate in Old Timer’s Day,” said organizer Connor Lineberry. “In addition to the classic car show, Old Timer’s Day offers a family-friendly way to celebrate Father’s Day. Visitors to Selbyville should stay and enjoy the music, food, games and attractions.”
Crooked Hammock Brewery will host the new beer garden from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. near town hall. Taco Reho will serve food there, with lawn games by O.C. Cornhole.
Lunch will be sold all day, featuring items from Rita’s Italian Ice, First State Catering (fried fish, clam strips, crab cakes, shrimp, burgers, cheesesteaks and hotdogs) and Blazen Grill (fried fish, oyster fritters, po’boys, pulled pork, wings and funnel cake). Additional vendors will be located along Church Street.
Highlighting the festival is a classic car show, featuring cars, trucks, tractors and emergency vehicles from 1988 or earlier. Spectators can enjoy strolling the road to admire the artwork and engineering of the classic and restored cars. Gearheads can also talk shop with the car owners.
Day-of registration for the car show is designed to be so simple that classic cars can just drive-through the registration station near town hall from 8 until 10 a.m. (Registration costs $10 per car.) Vehicle judging will be from 10 a.m. to noon, with awards presented at 2 p.m. In addition to cash awards for several best-in-show vehicles, there will be decade awards for best interior, exterior and engine.
Adding some sass and glamour to the festival is the inaugural Miss Old Timer’s Day Pin Up Contest. Ladies 18 or older can dress up in their most iconic 1940s and 1950s “pin-up” outfits and hair. The competition starts at noon near Town Hall, organized by Macey Holyak Photography. A big fan of mid-century couture, Holyak often displays her powder-pink 1957 Plymouth Savoy nicknamed “Patsy.”
The first-place winner in the Pin Up Contest will be deemed Miss Old Timer’s Day 2019, and one of the gifts she will receive is a free pin-up photography session from Macey Holyak Photography. Other winners will also receive prizes.
“This is not a beauty pageant, it is a Pin Up contest to showcase the grace and strength of women from the 1940s-1950s era, including modest vintage fashion, wholesome ideals, inner beauty and poise,” said Holyak. “The competition will be judged … in the categories of 1940s-1950s fashion, personality, audience participation and a question-and-answer forum.”
She called it “a great way for women to empower each other, meet likeminded individuals and enjoy a family fun filled event, surrounded by classic cars.”
Participation in the Pin Up Contest is free. Pre-registration will be at Holyak’s car show booth on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. Contest details are online at www.facebook.com/events/355254428436057.
Also during the festival, visitors can get a peek at local history at the Selbyville Railroad Station Museum, located on E. Railroad Avenue, beside town hall. Exhibits include model railroads, historic photos, farm and mercantile equipment, police gear and other mementos of Sussex County life. Typically available only by appointment, the museum only has regular hours on Old Timer’s Day.
The festival is hosted by the Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Parking and admission is free for all spectators. Some local roads will be closed to traffic that day.
By Laura Walter