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Sun shines on Stone Arabia car and craft show

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Updated: 9:35 AM


C-S-E Editor

STONE ARABIA -- On Sunday, the Stone Arabia Preservation Society successfully held the 21st Annual Vehicle Show and Craft Fair, bringing in money for the continued care and preservation of the 1788 stone church, next-door parsonage and cemetery.

Just after noon, the show had attracted about 69 unique vehicles, about half the number in attendance last year, but still enough cars to significantly fill the field behind the church. The number of cars in attendance was of little concern to Stone Arabia Preservation Society Treasurer Kenneth Edwards, who was thrilled to hold the event under sunny skies, for a large, excited crowd.

At this point, with massive storms having forced the cancellation of the 18th and 19th annual events, to hold the vehicle show and craft fair without a significant hitch is a success in itself.

This year, a 1957 Chevy Pickup 3100, owned by Don Hoffman, was the vehicle chosen to welcome visitors -- the shining, orange truck parked at the entrance of the church. Upon arrival, exhibitors drove directly into the field behind the stone structure and found a spot, many of them popping their hoods to provide attendees a view of what makes each special automobile run.

This year, SAPS funded the painting (trim and eaves) of the west side of the stone church, utilizing funds raised during this annual event. Next year, the plan is to paint the north side, which Edwards said is a bit more complicated, the peak being more detailed.

Of the church, Edwards said, "We keep it original," noting that even when a piece of wood must be replaced, the group makes sure that its appearance remains in line with the rest of the building's construction. Luckily, Edwards said, no wood will need to be replaced on the building's north side during the upcoming project, which is expected to take about two weeks once it's underway.

Planning for the car show begins at the beginning of July each year, Edwards said, commenting, "by July 1, we're off and running again." This year, promotion of the event involved Edwards handing out about 450 flyers at car shows all over the state, including in Gilboa, Schuyler and Johnstown.

On the afternoon of the vehicle show and craft fair, about 20 SAPS members come out to help, along with volunteers and family members, including Edwards' brother and sister. Along with the variety of available food and refreshments, attendees have the option of shopping at various vendor booths and betting on raffles, for which numerous area businesses donated items.

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