Boyertown’s Duryea Day returns after COVID restrictions canceled last year’s event, and the response has been positive.
“People seem to be really excited about the return of the event and happy to see it again,” said Kendra Cook, Executive Director of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. “We have generated a lot of interest on social media and so far we are happy with the number of people who have already registered their vehicle for the event.
The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, along with the Pottstown area of the Antique Automobile Club of America, will host the 55th Annual Duryea Vintage and Classic Cars and Trucks Show and Flea Market on September 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community of Boyertown. To park.
The family event has been taking place in Berks County for over 50 years. The hosting of Duryea Day is even more important this year.
“I think we all need a mental break from the pandemic,” Cook said. “Humans are social creatures, so I’m sure social distancing and quarantining has been difficult for some. We are looking forward to a beautiful outdoor event with lots of cool cars, trucks and motorcycles to watch and enjoy.
Cook said Duryea Day is a time when staff and volunteers can count on some of their friends with their cars.
“It really hurt that we couldn’t get together last year,” she said. “We look forward to seeing those religiously dating and newcomers. The people and their stories are as much a part of Duryea Day as the cars, ”said Cook.
Duryea Day is a classic and vintage car, truck and motorcycle show held in Boyertown Community Park. The Museum anticipates that approximately 600 to 650 exhibit vehicles will be on display, weather permitting.
“Duryea Day is family friendly and a great outdoor location for a car show. It also brings about 2,000 people into the community, and hopefully they will then choose to patronize another large business in the area, ”Cook said. “Duryea Day is always a great opportunity to socialize and meet new people and hear about their cars – it seems like something extremely valuable considering the past year and a half with all that COVID has brought us. . “
The event organizers place no restrictions on which cars can be shown – all years, makes and models are welcome.
“That means we get a wide variety of vehicles – really old cars, muscle cars, stock, hot rods, modified, military, commercial … we have it all!”
Cook added that what makes it a great community event is the wide variety of cars, trucks and motorcycles.
“It gives a good variety, but I think it’s also more welcoming. It’s a great show for the kids too – I think the variety of cars there means most kids will find something that they really like or that piques their interest, ”she said. “Being in a park with play areas also gives kids another way to burn energy when they need a break from walking around and looking at the vehicles.”
In addition, Duryea Day is home to a large flea market with souvenirs and auto parts as well as crafts.
“I should also point out the beautiful surroundings – Boyertown Community Park really is a perfect place,” Cook said. “It’s spacious and offers both open fields for viewing as well as wooded areas. It’s nice to be able to take a break from the heat and sun while walking through the woods – and you can still watch some fabulous cars while you do!
Categories of trophies include pre-war, post-war antiques, antique motorcycles, antique trucks – pickup, antique trucks – commercial, street machines, street bars and cars sport.
“The event will be a bit shorter this year; we finish at 2 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. Other than that, most of the building blocks of the show will be what people remember from before, ”Cook said. “We are delighted to be back and look forward to a great show!”
Duryea Day benefits the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles and helps the museum continue its mission of collecting, preserving and exhibiting Pennsylvania’s transportation heritage.
The Boyertown Museum, like Duryea Day, was established in 1965 and continues to tell Pennsylvania’s industrial, cultural, and technological history through the lens of trucking.
For more information on Duryea Day, follow the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Boyertown.Museum/.