In this their 52nd annual show, Das Awkscht Fescht offers another summer treat of treasured and vintage cars of yesteryear.
This year, patrons can stroll the grounds of Macungie Memorial Park and peruse nearly 2,500 cars that will be on display. This includes hundreds of pre-1995 models, trucks, motorcycles and custom or modified vehicles plus over 1,200 pre-1990 antique, classic, foreign and sports cars. There will also be a Special Interest Car Club show on Sunday, Aug. 2.
The show runs July 31 to Aug. 2 and ever year the show showcases one particular brand of car. This year it’s the Chrysler 300 sedan.
The 300 debuted in 1955 as a Sport Coupe. It was powered by a 331 cubic inch, four-barrel carbureted HEMI V8 that put out 300-hp and was coupled to a 2-speed Powerflite automatic transmission. It retailed for $4,100 new and only 1,725 of them were made.
That was followed by a 1958 300D with a 391 cubic inch HEMI V8 producing 380-hp and coupled to a 3-speed Torqueflite automatic. At the time, it retailed for $5,173 for the coupe and $5,603 for the convertible.
Several 300s will be on display under the largest tent on the grounds.
Of extra special interest is Friday Night’s Cruise to the Fescht. This is when a parade of old-time cars cruise a route past the park and through the streets of Macungie. The parade gets underway from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
And while this is going on, Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods band will be performing on stage at the park’s bandshell.
This will also be the second year the show will celebrate America’s military personnel and veterans, with a special musical line-up and appearances as well as an entry discount for service persons and veterans .
At the Car Corral, visitors can find deals on auto parts, accessories and adjacent to that, the Flea Market has over 500 vendors with everything from lug nuts to steering wheels and everything in between.
There will also be an outdoor and indoor Toy Show. The indoor show is held at nearby Eyer Middle School on Sat., Aug. 1 from 8 a.m,. to 2 p.m. A free shuttle will run from the park to the toy show.
The outdoor show is held in the parking lot at nearby Shoemaker and Macungie Elementary schools on Aug. 1 also from 8 a.m to 2 p.m. A shuttle will run to this location as well. Vendors and collectors will be on hand with hard-to-find collectible and rare antique toys.
And on Saturday night, free fireworks will go off at 9:30 p.m. Other live entertainment will feature The Phat Boys, Truth and Sound, James Supra Band, The BC Combo, Hat Trixx, Inch and the Echo’s, Large Flowerheads, Friar’s Point, Tracy Lee and Raven Road plus the popular Crazy Hearts Country Band.
Other show activities include arts and crafts from more than 100 artisans with free entertainment, food, drinks and a kids Kinderland and Crayola Corner that features children’s’ entertainment with jugglers, character performers, magicians and more. And for the ladies, Bingo!
Show hours are Fri. and Sat., 6 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 6 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $3 for children under 15. Proceeds benefit Macungie Memorial Park.
For added information go to www.awkscht.com or call 610-967-2317.
Macungie Memorial Park is located on Main Street (Route 100) in Macungie. The address for the toy shows is 5616 Buckeye Road, Macungie 18062 – if you prefer driving there.
There is also camping/RV parking at the nearby VFW, which is within an easy walk to the park on the North side, just off Lehigh Street.