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Rain doesn't dampen Spring Valley Days

By Andrew Draper

The Big Bug News

In spite of rain, residents of Spring Valley turned out May 19 to see classic cars, listen to live music and enjoy each other's company at this year's Spring Valley Days celebration.

After an all night rain soaked the Corridor area, some residents speculated on whether Spring Valley Days would have to be cancelled. But by 10 a.m. the rain had stopped and the ground was dry enough to proceed with the festivities.

Spring Valley resident Jeanne Berstenberger said the threat of rain didn't bother her or her children. She took advantage of a break from the heat and took her children out for a day of food, music and fun.

"Its better weather actually, then all the sun. Because then you have to pile on the sunscreen," she said.

Berstenberger said she and her children came to Spring Valley Days mainly for the car show.

"I had all the kids at home, its Saturday and I figured I'd walk up and do something," she said.

The Classic Car Show was the main attraction of this year's Spring Valley Days. The Dewey Classic Cruisers auto club put about 40 prime examples of restored and originial vehicles in the display. Non-member residents joined the club members with some very fine cars.

Members of the club and local residents polished and primped their vehicles for the show making sure every piece of chrome could be used as a mirror.

Owners displayed, and even bought and sold, some very fine antique and classic vehicles during the show. Gary Frey, a member of the Cruisers, added a 1937 Plymouth to his personal collection.

Berstenberger said of all the classics on display, she really admired the 1961 Studebaker Champ pick-up truck belonging to Rich Schnetlege of the Mayer Fire Board. Berstenberg's young daughter said she preferred the the Lotus Europa sports car to all the other entries. The English two-door coupe was the only foreign car in evidence on the display line. The display included cars from the 30s through the 70s.

Show organizers gave prizes for best in show and for two runners-up.

The winner of best in show was J. Fliegel's 1932 Chevrolet Coach two-door. Fliegel said his restoration project took the previous owner nine years to complete. Fliegel said he was surprised and happy when judges proclaimed him the winner.

"We have to thank everybody, this (win) is a first for us," he said. Sue Frey took the second place plaque with her fire engine red 1961 Chrystler Imperial.

Visitors to the celebration were able to feast on a barbecue prepared by Ray Brannon, the owner of Pic-n-Go market and Chester's Chicken in Spring Valley. In addition to the grilled fare, many different kinds of baked treats were also available for dessert.

The Spring Valley Days celebration was complete with its own live music.

Local residents joined in with bluegrass bands to sing and play for the crowd. The music jam was almost non-stop and entertained quests for the entire day.

Schnetlege said he really enjoyed his first Spring Valley Days Party. "It was a fun day all around," he said.

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