Downtown Doubleheader: Classic Cars and Farm Fresh Goods

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Downtown gleams with cool, classic and custom cars.
Downtown gleams with cool, classic and custom cars.

Contributing Writer
Walt Pickut

It’s going to be a great summer weekend in downtown Jamestown, offering visitors both an outstanding classic car show and an authentic, country-style pig roast, back-to-back. The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce proudly returns to the downtown streets with its popular Jamestown Cruise-In, and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation invites everyone down to the first ever Farmers Market Pig Roast on Cherry Street.

The car show lines up between 5 and 10 p.m. on Friday, August 17 and the pig roast starts serving guests at 11:00 on Saturday morning, August 18 at The Jamestown Public Market.

The Cars

What is Cruise-In? “It’s the pride and joy of 300 of the country’s most passionate car restorers driving their classic, custom, and coolest cars into Jamestown Friday afternoon, back for the 26th year, ready to take over downtown again,” Bill Stevenson, Jamestown Chamber of Commerce board member said proudly.

Cruise-In Cars are always crowd pleasers.

“Some classic car enthusiasts spend as much as $50,000 or more on their restorations,” Steveson said. “They try to get them as close to authentic as they can.” Cars are expected to arrive along nearly every road and highway into town, according to Cruise-In organizers, but they will all end up driving down Jamestown’s Memory Lane for everyone to enjoy. On Friday night Memory Lane will be found along Third Street in downtown Jamestown between Spring and Washington Streets.

Der Kobblers Automobile Association is a key partner in this event where they will showcase as many as 30 of their own exceptional vehicles. The club, 60-members-strong, bills itself as “…a hot rod club established in 1958.” Der Kobblers participate in car shows throughout the region all year long. Der Kobblers are the custom “car parkers” who line up the display cars for the entire show. Proceeds from their events primarily support WCA Hospital’s diabetes program, according to club President, Sam Ognebene of Falconer.

Family Fun

“I might even bring my own bright red ’64 VW Beetle to town,” Steveson added hopefully. He has taken part at many levels in the Cruise-In event since its first year. “It was so good I just had to jump in. I love the way it brings families downtown.”

Cruise-In is a fun and free family and community event. Visitors will enjoy live music all evening by The In Crowd, downtown restaurants will stay open to serve customers and street vendors will be selling everything from kettle corn to hot dogs and more. Games like hula hoop and bubble gum blowing contests will offer fun for all ages.

The Business Connection

Four Hundred spectacular cars and a thousand or more downtown visitors are definitely good for business, according to the Jamestown Community Chamber and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Todd Tranum.

Calling it a “spectacular event,” Tranum said, “One of our prime objectives is to help drive foot traffic into downtown Jamestown and local businesses.”

Start Your Engines

Drivers who own cars they would like to participate in Cruise-In are asked to pre-register their vehicles through the Chamber of Commerce. Registration is available online at www.chautauquachamber.org/events or at the Chamber office at 512 Falconer Street, Jamestown (MTI building at JCC.) The entrance for all cars is at the intersection of Third and Spring Streets, where on-site registration will be managed.

Some cars are restored even better than new.

Jamestown Community Chamber Coordinator Lee Harkness and Sherry Hutley are co-coordinating details for this event. For more information, contact Sherry Hutley at (716) 484-2624 Ext. 203.

Farmer’s Market

The Jamestown Public Market, “The Farmers’ Market,” features fresh grown produce, baked goods, gourmet coffee, lunch, and special activities. The market is held on Cherry Street in downtown Jamestown every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local residents have come to know and trust the local farmers and merchants market for freshness and the high quality of their goods. The Jamestown Public Market is operated by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation under the direction of Public Market Manager, Linnea Carlson.
On Saturday, August 18, For Pete’s Sake Homestead will light up their pit long before sunrise to prepare one of their finest pigs for Jamestown’s dining pleasure. Serving will begin at 11:00 with a $2.00, over-stuffed, pulled pork sandwich on fresh-baked bread from Becky’s Bakery. It’s an authentic country style taste treat and a good old fashioned bargain. Pete is a weekly feature of the market, offering pasture-raised pork, beef, chicken and rabbits, and honey and eggs.

About a dozen more local artisan food vendors and farmers round out the Farmers’ Market offerings every week in downtown Jamestown. Come for the food, stay for the experience.

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The Jamestown Gazette invites families and friends to make downtown Jamestown their destination of choice this weekend.

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Walt Pickut
Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.