Masonic Community classic car show rolls into WatervilleWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Browning Masonic Community in Waterville is hosting its eighth annual Classic Car Show and Cruise-in on July 24.
“It’s primarily a community event with Waterville. It started about nine years ago, when we wanted to incorporate Browning, an assisted living and independent living community, into Waterville as a whole,” said David Subleski, president of Browning Masonic Community. “We wanted to tie Browning more in with the village itself rather than look at it as a separate entity.”
The show will feature more than 200 vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as various family-friendly activities, Subleski said.
“All these people want to come out to a nice car show, this is a car show with things to do,” said Randy Sikorski, owner and operator of Waterville Bodyworks a co-sponsor of the car show.
Waterville Bodyworks has been helpful in getting classic cars to the event, Subleski said.
“We try to give [Browning] what we can give them. The car show makes a big community thing for the town of Waterville,” Sikorski said.
More than 40 vendors, including craft booths, flea markets and farmer markets will be featured, as well as children’s activities, pony rides and an inflatable castle. The Humane Society and Planned Pethood will also bring cats and dogs for adoption.
Country Pals, a country and bluegrass group, will play from noon to 1 p.m. and 93.5 WRQN’s Bob Kelly will also play 50s and 60s music all day on site. Many activities will benefit area charities.
Residents of the retirement community will run white elephant and furniture sales benefiting various resident activities and charities. Rubicon Lodge #237, a lodge of free and accepted masons on campus, supports the Ohio Special Olympics through a barbecue chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Other charities that benefit will be the Masonic Learning Centers for Children, through popcorn and snow cone sales, and the Waterville Historical Society through ice cream sales.
“[The residents] love it. Not just the men, but the women, go out and look at some of the cars,” Subleski said. “They love showing off the community to people who aren’t familiar with Browning. It’s kind of like opening up their home.”
The classic car show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Browning Masonic Community campus, 8883 Browning Drive. Admission is free.
For more information, call (419) 878-4055 or (866) 878-4055.