Bellefonte Cruise gets the green light: Current events won't curb annual car show

Planning for a yearly popular car show can be stressful, with worries about weather, turnout and the hopes that everyone will have a good time. But Historic Bellefonte Cruise public relations chairman Dave Provan isn’t worried about a high-profile trial putting a damper on the 24th annual Bellefonte Cruise Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.

In past weeks, the world has watched the Centre County Courthouse become surrounded by media trucks, but, Provan said, “I think this will be one of the best-attended cruises ever. ... We have awesome entertainment lined up and everyone wants to have some fun and focus on something lighter and less stressful.”

Provan said, thanks to discussions with borough, county and police officials, the cruise will only be at the mercy of the weather.

“So far, things are going smooth and as planned, and even the one variable we have no control over — the weather — is cooperating,” he said.

This year’s cruise will see the the addition of a second live band and a Sunday morning 5K Walk/Race and Diaper Dash, as well as the return of the Hula Hoop contest. Provan encouraged “anyone who can get ’em gyrating” to join the contest, and added that the race is the Historic Bellefonte Cruise Committee's foray into giving back to the community, as it will benefit the Centre County YMCA. The 5K and children’s Diaper Dash races will be held at Talleyrand Park.

In its 24 years, Provan said, the event continues to draw car enthusiasts from the region and beyond.

“Not only do we have attendees who have brought their cars, trucks and/or motorcycles to almost every if not all the cruises, but we also have a huge spectator following,” he said. “Many come to get their annual

T-shirt or hat. This is a huge annual cultural reunion, a nostalgia fest extraordinaire.”

Provan said he looks forward to the cruise each year so he can show off his 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Sport Coupe. Breaking into car talk, he added, “It has a classic, impressive look to it — all white with white leather interior with a 460 V-8; it’s a beauty.” But he stressed that not everyone needs to bring a vintage ride to enjoy the show.

“You don’t need a classic or custom or anything fancy,” he said. “The open cruise is about bringing what you drive and cruising — just like the old days, when cruisin’ was the thing to do.”

But is once a year really enough for car afficionados?

“I don’t know about the rest of the motorheads, but I would like to do it full time — maybe when my lottery ticket comes in,” Provan said.

The 24th annual Bellefonte Cruise will run from June 15-17 in downtown Bellefonte.

Schedule of events

June 15

June 16

June 17