Old Timer's day hits the Big 52

Selbyville’s 52nd annual Old Timer’s Day this Saturday is sure to be a success. The event was started in 1956 by the town’s downtown merchants and originally ran as a three-day sale to bring people into town. The event was named Old Timer’s Day because the town merchants would dress up in “old timers’” clothing and parade around town for the visitors.

Coastal Point • File Photos: This old Chevy was on display during last year’s Old Timer’s Day. The 52nd annual Old Timer’s day will be held Saturday, June 14, on Church Street in downton Selbyville.Coastal Point • File Photos
This old Chevy was on display during last year’s Old Timer’s Day. The 52nd annual Old Timer’s day will be held Saturday, June 14, on Church Street in downton Selbyville.

The free event will be held on Church Street in downtown Selbyville. The festivities will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 14, and continue to 4 p.m. Throughout the day, there will be entertainment for all ages, including music performed by local musician Cathy Gorman, games, pony rides and a magic show for kids. The main entertainment will be held at Town Hall, where there will be schedules handed out for all the day’s activities. There will be more than 20 vendors lining the street, selling everything from crafts to food.

“The car and truck show is a big draw,” said Debbie McCabe, Selbyville’s town secretary-treasurer, who is co-coordinating the event with Robert Reed. The two took over organizing the Old Timer’s Day when the merchants decided to stop holding it, right before its 50th anniversary. Since then, attendance has been steadily increasing, and McCabe plans to keep it that way.

Last year, close to 3,000 people were in attendance and McCabe said she believes it will be even bigger this year. The number of pre-registered vintage and antique (1972 and older) cars and trucks is well above 100, which is more than double last year’s number. To top it off, this year, the show will include antique tractors as well.

The antique beauties will be lining Church Street, which will be closed to traffic for the day’s activities. Registration for the car and truck show is free and open from 9 a.m. to noon at Town Hall. This will be the first show professionally judged by the Shamrock Judge Organization of Pennsylvania, which also judged the 2007 Selbyville Christmas Parade. Judging will be held from noon to 2 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Prizes include dashboard plaques and a cash prize of $100.

Cory Murray, 19, and his family will be entering one of their Farmall Model H antique tractors into Saturday’s competition. The Murray Family, Selbyville locals, have been farming for more than 60 years and own several antique tractors. Murray said that a lot of engine and bodywork was done during the restoration process for the tractor. It will be the first time they will be competing, and Murray was optimistic. On his family’s chance of placing in the show, Murray said, “I don’t know… I hope so!”

All events and exhibits for Old Timer’s Day are free to the public. The town supports the event with money earned from the previous year’s Old Timer’s Day, primarily from the 50-50 raffle. The town also has some outside help.

“We had a lot of sponsors this year,” stated McCabe, adding that the day would not be possible without the sponsors’ support.