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Calling all car enthusiasts; cruise kicks-off activities at Fall Festival

An under-the-hood tour is a staple of the campus car cruise.
9/23/2011 —




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Car aficionados can slake their thirst for modified camshafts and Ford flatheads at the second Penn State New Kensington Car Cruise that is set to run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the upper parking lot of the campus.

Owners of the American classics are invited to show off their prized possessions and give casual observers, as well as fellow enthusiasts, first-hand, under-the-hood tours. Commemorative dash plaques and goodie bags will be given to the first 35 participants.  In addition, there be people’s choice voting and prizes.

Last year, thirty cars, trucks and hot rods fanciers parked on campus, swapped stories and mused about "racing for pinks." (Pink slip racing is a street race where the victor takes ownership of the loser's car. The pink slip is the car's title.) Many of the vehicles came from the garages of alumni, faculty and staff. Retired registrar Joanne Fitzsimmons and husband, Paul, cruised in with their 1958 Cadillac. Art professor Bud Gibbons showed off his 1946 Chevy pick-up truck. For more information, contact Bonnie Godfrey at bjg24@psu.edu or 724-334-6025.

The car cruise is one of the many attractions of the third annual Fall Festival that is geared to local residents, as well as students and alumni. Activities for the young, old and those in between will be spread out on the campus' 72 acres. All events are free to the public. Activities include food vendors, crafts, and kids zone.

The festival culminates in the early evening with a free outdoor concert. For the second consecutive year, the Clarks will take the stage, and unlike a year ago, admission is free for the show that is slated to begin at 5 p.m. As a show of appreciation to neighbors and local communities, the campus festival committee decided to waive the admission fee this year. The free concert complements the other activities at the festival which is free to the public. Bishop Clay, an alternative rock band from Pittsburgh, will open for the Clarks at 4 p.m. For more information, call 724-334-6063.

Highlight of the preconcert activities is the Bed Race, featuring five-person teams (four pushers, one rider) who will navigate a bed over a measured course. Alumni, community and student groups are encouraged to enter teams. Beds will be provided. For more information, contact Danielle DeStefano at 724-334-6019 or dnd125@psu.edu.

Alumni also will have their time in the sun, or rather in the tent. Dubbed "Alumni Central," the tent will serve as the main venue for the Penn State-Indiana football game on TV and as a social meeting place for alumni and the campus community. Friends of Penn State are welcome to join in the alumni activities. For more about alumni activities, contact Bill Woodard at 724-334-6046 or uxw1@psu.edu.

For general information about the festival, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/FallFestival online.


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