Ephrata craft fest, car show will be Saturday in downtown

By on September 7, 2016
Shown (from left to right) are Les Fasnacht, 1965 Malibu; Patty Farbo, DEI; David Good, 1936 Plymouth;  Cindy  Mellinger,  marketing/publicity;  Jim  Brown, Ephrata  National  Bank;  David  Boland,  The Groves; Fern and Len Wrinhold, 1971 Chevy Malibu; Ralph Stamm, 2010 Camero; and Moe Boyer, Squeeze Spot.

Shown (from left to right) are Les Fasnacht, 1965 Malibu; Patty Farbo, DEI; David Good, 1936 Plymouth; Cindy Mellinger, marketing/publicity; Jim Brown, Ephrata National Bank; David Boland, The Groves; Fern and Len Wrinhold, 1971 Chevy Malibu; Ralph Stamm, 2010 Camero; and Moe Boyer, Squeeze Spot.

Two artisan events and a car show will be held in Ephrata Sept. 10. The events are sponsored by Downtown Ephrata, Inc. (DEI) in partnership with the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce

The 43rd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival and Car Show is held in downtown Ephrata from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. Partnering in the day’s events is the historic Ephrata Cloister, as they host their Annual Artisan’s Faire on the Cloister grounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For the arts and crafts lover, more than 100 vendors are booked to line the downtown, covering Main Street from Church to Lake streets. The Cocalico Cruisers will set up shop to showcase their prized possessions along State Street between Franklin and Locust.

A wide array of food vendors, local crafters and small businesses will be offering everything from fresh baked sweets, homemade dog treats, jewelry, candles, handbags, woodworking, photography, wreaths, glasswork, beaded work, children’s teepees, tatted, crochet items, and much more.

Painted Spring Farm Alpacas will once again be in attendance this year, giving a demonstration spinning alpaca wool. Also joining them will be some of the Alpacas from their farm.

Music lovers can enjoy several different styles of music, including country-infused folk, Americana-folk, and the “music of days gone by.”

Sponsored by Downtown Ephrata, Inc. in partnership with the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce, this year’s artists are sure to be a hit with all audiences. Each act brings a unique style to the event, crafting songs that range from humorous, to pensive, to romantic.

Highlights include Sean Campbell, a singer/songwriter who has been playing the Lancaster scene for over a decade. He will delight audiences as he plays everything from rock to country to originals, with even a few surprises with songs rarely heard performed acoustically. He will be onstage from 10 a.m. until noon.

Also performing 10 a.m. to noon, on a separate stage, will be Bobbi Carmitchell. Whether part of the popular trio Wind and Wood in the early 80s; performing with her sister, Anne, as The Carmitchell Sisters; or as a solo artist, one of Bobbi’s strengths has always been her rapport with her audience. She has been a strong presence in the Central Pennsylvania music scene, as well as on a national level. Equally comfortable in intimate house concerts or concert halls, she has a way of involving her audience in every aspect of the live performance.

The Nomads, will rock Main Street from noon to 2 p.m., as they perform in the Whistle Stop Plaza by the old train station. This seven piece oldies band is scheduled to deliver the hits of the 50s and 60s, from Dion to the Beach Boys. The band was established 10 years ago, and the current members have decades of musical experience and performances under their belts. The Nomads pay special tribute to the service of our veterans.

Show attendees are encouraged to bring chair to relax and enjoy the musical acts.

And check out some classics from days gone by.

That’s right, you will be cruisin’ in style as you check out vintage cars and race cars, courtesy of the Cocalico Cruisers and Retreat at Lancaster County. Back by popular demand, these meticulous beauties will be showcased along State Street, at the square, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

In conjunction with the Cocalico Cruisers, the general public is welcome and may register to showcase their classic cars as well. Contact Les Fasnacht at 336-3211.

The Retreat of Lancaster County will also showcase two very special race cars.

The Time Bomb (a 1972 Vega) is one of the top funny car teams in the country. Based out of Clinton, N.J., it has running speeds in excess of 210 mph consistently, a Hemi-powered 3000 horsepower monster. Its owners are Rocky Roxlau and Steve Musser and the driver is Bobby Toth.

The second car in the NHRA TAD Division has run as fast as 267 mph in 5.36 seconds in the quarter mile. It is owned by a father/son family team that is closely related to their sister team, The Time Bomb. They share several crew members and team resources. The driver is Tom Fox Jr. with Super Tuner Tom Fox Sr. The crew consists of: Steve Musser, Bob Toth, Brian Gawlik, Ed Fox, and Mark Bitner.

For more details about the craft and car show, visit EphrataArtCraftFest.com.

 

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