Model train show added to Main Street Fest

Sandy Hull

 An N-scale and G-scale model train show has been added to the 2009 7th Annual Cambridge Main Street Fest and Auto Show Saturday, Aug. 15, according to Sheryl King, Cambridge Main Street director.

 “This year’s event will focus on the downtown area, using Prospect Street, Exchange Street and the Cambridge Community Hall,” stated King. “The train show will be held at the Community Hall and all of the cars and antique tractors will be parked along Prospect and Exchange Street.”

 Cambridge Main Street is also accepting applications for other crafters/vendors. 

 The day begins at 9 a.m. with the 7th annual auto, tractor and motorcycle show in downtown Cambridge. Registration will be in the Main Street office on West Center Street.  

 Awards will be presented to participants in 23 different classes. They include original restored pre 1949, original restored 1950-59, original restored 1960-69, original restored 1970-79, original restored 1980-89, original restored 1990-present, street rod pre 1949, modified 1950-59, modified 1960-69, modified 1970-79, modified 1980-present, pro-street (any tubbed), original restored two-wheel trucks, modified two-wheel trucks, 4-wheel drive trucks, motorcycles, special interest, teen (20 years old and younger), imports, under construction, Vette 1953-67, Vette 1968-83, Vette 1984-present.

 Four best of show awards will be presented in addition to the Main Street Award.

 The first 100 participants will receive dash plaques and goodie bags. Anyone wishing to donate items for the goodie bags are asked to phone King at 937-2633.

 Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by 3-D Sound. Pre-registration would be appreciated, but is not necessary according to King.

 Karen Hutchinson and Kenny Beam are organizing the tractor portion of the show.

 “We have advertised the event in three different tractor-affiliated magazines and are hoping to attract at least 50 tractors,” stated Hutchinson. “The show won’t just include antique tractors, we want all types of tractors, antique tractors, new tractors and tractors right out of the field.”

 Hutchinson said signs will be posted along the highway letting participants know where to register. Each participant will also receive an assigned parking spot for their truck and trailer, a free lunch consisting of a barbecue pork rib sandwich, chips and drink and the first 50 participants will also receive a goodie bag. Several companies throughout Henry County have donated goodies for the bags.

 The tractors will be by Memorial Park in downtown Cambridge. The antique tractors will surround the newer tractors, so spectators can see how tractors have changed throughout the years.

 Participants can pre-register or register that day. To pre-register, contact Hutchinson at 937-5858 or Beam at 937-2450.

 “We are hoping everyone brings out their tractors, any kind, any size, any year,” Hutchinson stated. “They are also welcome to bring antique implements such as corn pickers, balers, etc.”

 A special raffle will be held just for tractor exhibitors according to Hutchinson. 

 Members of the Cambridge FFA chapter will be grilling pork burgers by Memorial Park and will offer two additional activities, face painting and making dream catchers.

 The Ridgewood cheerleaders and dance team have a number of activities planned throughout the day.

 They will host a pie eating contest at 2:30 p.m. and the grass area between Allen’s Plumbing and Heating and Bell Insurance will be used for children’s games from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

 They will also hold a bake sale, featuring homemade goods, in addition to cotton candy and root beer floats.

 The two groups will also host cow chip bingo with winners announced at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

 At 4 p.m., the cheerleaders and dancers will sponsor a talent show.

 A ‘Just For Fun Dog Show’ will be held at Memorial Park in downtown Cambridge. Registration forms for the show are available. The first 100 participants will receive a doggy goodie bag filled with things for their pet. On-site registration begins at 12:30 p.m., but pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Judging will begin at 1:30 p.m.

 Other activities include a kids pedal tractor pull. The tractor pull will be held for approximately two hours giving participants the opportunity to re-pull if desired.

 “There will be four age categories,” stated Hutchinson. “First place pullers will receive a trophy and second place pullers will earn a medallion. Everyone will get a participation ribbon.”

 The day will conclude with a street dance sponsored by Rudy’s Bar and Grill and Skello’s Bar and Grill from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. on the street. The band, Nitrix, will perform.

 Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help with a variety of activities. 

 “We are also looking for sponsors for trophies and anyone who wants to be a general sponsor,” King stated. “Sponsors will be listed on the back of the car show t-shirt. Anyone who wants to become a sponsor should contact me by Monday, July 15.”

 For more information, contact the Cambridge Main Street office at 937-2633.