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53rd Annual Duryea Day Set for September 1st

Aug 20, 2018 • by Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles

Boyertown, PA –A longtime and increasingly popular event, the Duryea Day Antique & Classic Car & Truck Show & Flea Market celebrates fifty-three years of family fun in 2018.

Scheduled for September 1 from 9am-4pm at Boyertown Community Park, 419 South Madison Street, Boyertown, PA, Duryea Day has rightfully earned a reputation as a fun, affordable event for the whole family.  BB&T is the platinum sponsor for the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles’ biggest event of the year.  Duryea Day is also sponsored by Silver Sponsor Gabelsville Athletic Association.  Friends Sponsors for this year’s event are Classic Auto Mall, Pollock Auto Restoration, and Suburban Water Technology, Inc.

Duryea Day is expected to attract over 600 cars, trucks, and motorcycles to Boyertown Community Park.  All eras will be represented, from the brass to the tailfins to the muscle cars, and everything in-between.  Hot rods and motorcycles will roar through the park, and a selection of commercial and light duty trucks will also be on display in their very own section.  Because all makes, models, and years are welcome to participate, Duryea Day is consistently a show with wide variety that is sure to offer something for everybody. 

Also be sure to visit Duryea Day’s large flea market, which ranges from car parts and literature to homemade crafts to vintage finds.  Maybe you’ll even find that car part you’ve been looking for to complete your own vehicle restoration.  Or perhaps you’ll run across that perfect piece of auto memorabilia for your rec room.  Looking for a classic car to call your own?  Then the Car Corral is the place for you.  Yes, that’s right—there’s even a place to buy (or sell!) classic cars!  At the Museum Headquarters tent, special limited edition Duryea Day tshirts will be available, as well as the Museum’s 2019 calendar, featuring twelve gorgeous shots of cars and trucks in the collection.

A special Kids’ Zone area will be set up by the Boyertown Community Park’s playground area.  Included in this area will be Mimzy’s Face Painting and Balloon Twisting and—new this year—a virtual reality racing game.  All ages will enjoy visiting the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, and your admission to the Park includes admission to the Museum!  Shuttle service is available continuously throughout the day between the Park and Museum.  This will be a great opportunity to check out some of the newest additions to the Museum’s collection, including a 1926 Mack AC Flatbed, a 1937 Chrysler Royal Six with Derham coachwork, a 1940 Bantam Sedan, a 1944 Willys Army Jeep, and a 1979 Battronic (Boyertown-built) electric Volta pickup truck.  Blacksmithing demonstrations will be held in the Museum’s 1872 Jeremiah Sweinhart Carriage Factory between 10am and 2pm.  And don’t forget the ever-popular 1938 Reading Diner and 1921 Sunoco gas station are also on display at the Boyertown Museum.

Duryea Day would not be complete without good music and good food.  The morning will start with a flag raising ceremony and the National Anthem.  The rest of the day’s music will feature classic rock and pop hits.  And there’s good food offered throughout the day.  Moyer’s Catering, St. Joseph’s Hill Church, and CD’s Place Catering & Eatery will be stationed in the main food court area.  Mister Softee is also returning to this year’s show, with help from some new food vendors The Perk Up Truck, Cosmic Kettle Corn, Gourmand, and Kona Ice. 

Trophies will be awarded to eight Museum Choice Award recipients: Antique Pre War Car, Antique Post War Car, Antique Motorcycle, Antique Truck—Pickup, Antique Truck—Commercial, Street Machine, Street Rod, and Sports Car.  See if your favorites get the award!  The Beatrice Landis Memorial Award, which honors a vehicle in original condition, also returns this year.  And everyone can be a winner by saving a life and giving blood at the Miller-Keystone Blood Center. 

Duryea Day is organized and run by the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles and the Pottstown Region Antique Automobile Club of America.  Proceeds benefit both organizations.  Admission is $7 for adults, children 12 and under are free.  Spectator parking is available at Boyertown Junior High West, 380 South Madison Street, Boyertown, PA and at Boyertown Elementary School, 641 East Second Street, Boyertown, PA.  For more information on Duryea Day, call the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles at 610-367-2090.  Registration forms for show vehicles are available on the Museum’s website and in the Museum lobby.  Day of Show registration is available.

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is open seven days a week from 9:30 am -4:00 pm and is closed on major holidays.  The Museum, located at 85 South Walnut Street in Boyertown, PA in a former factory building of the Boyertown Auto Body Works, preserves the transportation history of Pennsylvania and displays over eighty locally manufactured cars, trucks, carriages, motorcycles, sleighs, and other types of vehicles.  Also on display are two examples of roadside architecture: a 1921 cottage style Sunoco gas station and a 1938 Jerry O’Mahony diner.  The 1872 Jeremiah Sweinhart Carriage Factory is now open 7 days a week, with blacksmithing demonstrations occurring most Saturdays.  Admission rates are $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and AAA, and ages 15 and under are free.  For more information call 610-367-2090 or visit www.boyertownmuseum.org.

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