By Sandra Lepley
Monday, March 29, 2010 1:52 AM EDT
MEYERSDALE - Afternoon rains dampened Pa. Maple Festival activities Sunday but not the spirits of those at the Antique Car Show or the horse pull.
According to Paul Werner, festival director in charge of the car show on Main and Center streets, there were 35 cars from Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia that were entered in the annual event.
"The cloudy skies probably caused some people to stay home and keep their prized possessions indoors but it was still an interesting show with some vehicles we've never seen before," said Werner.
For Clyde Brick of Central City, his 1941 Ford truck came out all polished and looking new for the show. He has not been at the show since 2000 so he was glad to return. He attended with his parents, June and Donald Brick of Glencoe.
"My dad and I spent many hours restoring this truck," said Brick, who purchased the truck when he was 16 years old and brought it to the maple festival show in the 1980s and 1990s.
June remembers when he first got the truck about 30 years ago. She said it looked like a piece of junk but after four years of work, it was restored to new. Brick also has restored a 1956 Ford truck and a 1978 Mercury Marquis. He works for Luther P. Miller by day but can often be found in his garage by night working on vehicles.
"It's different if you pay someone else to restore a vehicle for you," said Brick. "When you put the time in it yourself, it makes it special."
Near the Ford truck was another curiosity at the festival's show. A 1949 Crosley owned by Dale and Kim Frederick of Vandergrift in Armstrong County got quite a few looks on Sunday. While the Crosley looked like a small foreign vehicle, it was actually made in America by entrepreneur Powel Crosley of Cincinnati, Ohio.
"My first car was a Crosley and I still have that model," explained Dale Frederick, who owns six Crosley cars in all.
The story behind the Crosley is fascinating, said Frederick. The cars were made by Powel Crosley from 1939 to 1952 with a short break in manufacturing during World War II. Crosley also made radios and refrigerators and many people may remember owning a Crosley refrigerator with a latch door.
"Crosley was a man ahead of his time," said Frederick. "He claimed to build for the masses not the classes and his cars get 35 to 50 miles per gallon."
Over town at the Somerset County Fairgrounds, the annual horse pull in the afternoon brought out 17 teams of draft horses - some of which came from as far away as Maine and Kentucky. While the rains may have deterred some car enthusiasts in the outdoor weather, the Decker Barn at the fairgrounds packed inside many spectators and participants alike from 1 p.m. when the pull started until after 4 p.m. when it concluded.
In the lightweight division, there were 10 teams entered. Tom Brown and Monty Carpenter of Jonesville, Maine, took home the championship title, followed by Donnie Dove from Harwood, Md., in second place. Other placings include Jim Parent, Macwahoc, Maine, in third; Allen Hager, Nicholasville, Ky., fourth; Will Jones, Versailles, Ky., fifth; Brown and Carpenter with another team, sixth; Dale Stackhouse, Unityville, seventh; Ira Kessler, Orangeville, eighth; Perkey Farms, Mt. Pleasant, ninth; and Ron Shaffer, Finzel, Md., tenth.
In the heavyweight division, there were seven teams entered. Brown Brothers of Acme took home the first place prize with Belgians Duke and Rex. Jake Rad of Versailles, Ky., came in second, while Brown and Carpenter came in third; Perkey Farms and Donnie Dove paired up for fourth place; Stackhouse and Gary Washington of Unityville, paired a team up for fifth place; Chuck and Kim Nutwell of Needmore, sixth; and Brandon Lepley, Meyersdale, seventh.