Hundreds expected at Salem's Pig Roast and Car Show, Lenhartsville, Sept. 16

Salem Church, Lenhartsville, will hold its 9th Annual Pig Roast and Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 16. The day will feature farm vehicles, a bloodmobile, a silent auction and contests and activities for adults and children.

“This is a great opportunity for our church family to come together and show our community who we are,” said Pastor Dave Long, “and we also have a lot of fun.”

Volunteers began prepping months ago for the more than 800 visitors expected to attend. Many put in long hours, Long noted, but the hard work pays off. Otto Schick, event chairman, agrees.

“There is so much team work that goes on,” he said. “We get to see people and meet with old friends. And we help people by donating blood to the Keystone Miller Bloodmobile, plus extra food is donated to Wyndcliffe Apartments.”

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First on the day’s schedule is the car show, staged in the front parking lot facing Old Route 22. Last year, more than 75 vehicles entered including classics, customs, hot rods and antiques. Motorcycle standouts were custom bikes and antique Harleys and Indians.

Gates will open for vehicle entries at 11 a.m.; the show runs from noon to 3 p.m. Prizes are awarded for best paint, best engine, the top five cars, the top three motorcycles and the top three trucks. Door prizes are buckets of car-care items.

As crowds browse the cars, local band Roy’s Gym will perform hits from the 1950s and ‘60s. Guests can also purchase a cone of local favorite Candy’s Homemade Ice Cream from a food truck located in the car show area.

Around the side of the church, antique tractors and engines will be on display. Most will come from local properties in Berks County, with Farmall, Oliver, Ford, Allis-Chalmers and John Deere represented.

Last year, approximately 35 farm vehicles were on site. A similar number is expected in 2017.

“Rumor has it we will have our first antique Oliver Crawler on display this year. We’ve never had something like that show up,” said Long, an admitted tractor enthusiast.

The tractor area will offer two competitions for guests: a hay-bale toss and a mini-excavator challenge. The latter is a new event at Salem’s Car Show and Pig Roast and will allow competitors to try their hand at basic skills.

There is no charge to enter the tractor show. Car show registrations include a free meal ticket with entry fee. An early registration discount is offered through Saturday, Sept. 9.

Advance meal tickets are also suggested for the pig roast, which typically draws more than 800 guests and often sells out, as was the case in 2016. The church does reserve a number of meals to share with residents of Wyndcliffe Apartments in Hamburg.

“It is one way we can help meet the needs of some of our neighbors and show them what Christ’s love is,” Long explained. “And that’s what we at Salem are all about.”

Church members visit Wyndcliffe and share meals throughout the year, and Long said it has been a positive way to build relationships with apartment residents.

“I look forward to every opportunity to get to know them better,” he said.

Meals are available from noon to 6 p.m. in Salem’s kitchen, located at the rear of the facility, and include pulled pork, applesauce, macaroni salad, baked beans and roll. Homemade desserts are available by donation.

Salem’s gym will also host a range of activities during the Sept. 16 event. One option is the silent auction, which will feature big-ticket items like a large smoker and a new indoor chest freezer filled with frozen, packaged ribs, roasts and chops.

Tommy and Tonia Krick, members of Salem Church, organize the auction.

“We try to make it bigger and better every year by always adding or tweaking something to keep everyone’s interest,” Tommy said. “This year is no different and our Silent Auction will have some big items that I can’t wait to start bidding on.”

Centershot, the church’s competitive archery program, will have a range available inside the gym. A children’s “Pig Pen,” featuring free crafts and drawings, will be tucked into one corner. Families will also be invited to “Touch the Truck” in an outdoor area.

Other indoor options include a Guess the Weight of the Ham contest and signups for the Keystone Miller Bloodmobile. Church members will staff a prayer table, where guests can leave requests or stop for a time of prayer.

“It’s a community outreach,” Schick said. “We want to show the community who Salem church is and what we stand for, and hopefully to bring someone into God’s kingdom.”

Krick concurred, “We want to in draw our neighbors and friends and show them what we are all about. How can you not be excited?”

For details, to register for the car show or bloodmobile or to purchase advance meal tickets, contact the church: 610-562-5033 or WeAreSalemChurch@gmail.com.

Salem Church is located at 2150 Old Route 22, Lenhartsville. Visitors are welcome any Sunday to worship service at 9 a.m. and Sunday School classes for all ages at 10:30 a.m. The congregation also has adult life groups, youth activities and regular exercise groups. For a detailed schedule, visit them online: facebook.com/WeAreSalem.

The 9th Annual Pig Roast and Car Show will be held rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the ministries of Salem Church. This year’s event is sponsored by Generation System Integrators LLC of Kutztown.

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