For years, Old Timer’s Day prospered as Selbyville’s signature event, attracting people from across the county and state to tour the small town. The event, while a potential fund-raising option, is not a fundraiser for the town and is instead aimed at showing off the town to visitors and prospective homeowners.
The town does not even charge an entrance fee, instead recycling money made on the midday raffle into the Old Timer’s Day Fund, to help pay for next year’s event. Expenses this year included securing entertainment and paying for a television advertising spot.
“It’s just something to get people to come to the town to show people what we have to offer,” Old Timer’s Day co-organizer and Selbyville police officer Lt. Robert Reed said. “It was the largest that it has ever been, last year. And we’re hoping it’s larger this year.”
After six months of planning and more than 50 years in the making, Selbyville officials are looking this week to match or even beat the record attendance at the 2006 edition of their annual Old Timer’s Day.
About 2,000 people attended the 50th annual festivities — eating, playing games, walking the town and admiring the more than 180 entrants in the Classic Car and Truck Show, which included antique cars, trucks, relic police cars and emergency vehicles.
After a period of lesser interest and lower attendance, Reed and Selbyville administrator and Old Timer’s Day co-organizer Debbie McCabe credited Old Timer’s Day’s current resurgence largely to the car show. Refreshed, renewed and ready for its 51st year, Old Timer’s Day is again a Selbyville staple.
“It was amazing last year,” said McCabe.
The 2007 event will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, with opening ceremonies, featuring Mayor Clifton Murray and the town council, as well as other dignitaries, at the town’s Railroad Museum.
Old Timer’s Day this year will feature even more activities than last year, Reed and McCabe have promised, boasting magical performances for the children in attendance, pony rides and games, including a baseball toss and a moon bounce.
Other entertainment will include live performances by Georgetown-based singer Cathy, a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Old Timer’s Day fund and of, course, the awe-inspiring and well-attended car show.
Participants in the show will include owners of cars from 1972 or earlier, police officers from departments across the state with well-aged vehicles and emergency responders with competing antiques. They will line the relics up and down Church Street, which will be closed for the event.
Registration of cars entered in the car and truck show have already exceed those from 2006. Pre-registration is still available at Selbyville Town Hall. And prospective participants can also register from 9 a.m. to noon the day of the event. Trophies — which will include the 6-foot Mayor’s Choice trophy, 30 others for the top 30 of the day and other awarded in specialty categories — will be distributed at 3 p.m.