Variety has been the reason for success of the annual St. Clement’s Car Cruise.

The 2006 edition is being held from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in conjunction with the parish festival. The field behind the church, located at Lindberg Avenue and Goucher Street in Upper Yoder Township, has been designated as the exhibit area.

“We get a little of everything,” said Phil Scott of Westmont, car cruise chairman. “Four years ago, we decided to add the cruise to the festival in order to draw more people.”

The cruise was a success from the start when more than 70 entries registered. The field can accommodate more than 100 vehicles.

“We have never maxed out the space,” Scott said. “We will accept anything. We have had street rods, muscle cars, tuners, antiques, classics and some motorcycles.”

Scott said he would like to see some race cars from Jennerstown or other tracks added to the mix.

“We just thought it was a great opportunity for folks to show off their ‘toys’ and have a chance to talk with other car enthusiasts,” Scott said. “Owners can start registering their cars at 10 a.m.,” Scott said. “There is a $5 entrance fee, but we give a two-color T-shirt to the first 100 entrants.”

Scott said the shirts are becoming collector’s items.

“The first year, my nephew, graphic artist Brad Scott, came up with a design that showed a monk driving a car,” he said.

“Each year, people wonder what car will the monk be driving this year?”

Scott said a limited number of the monk shirts will be available to the public at $5.

The festival portion of the event will feature food, games and music throughout the day.

“Festival foods like hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken tenders and pierogies will be available at our International grill,” Scott said. “The name may imply worldly cuisine, but it actually is an area where we hung out a grill from an International truck to give the people a laugh.”

Chris Freiwald of Upper Yoder Township, festival chairman, said the event has been getting bigger and better since it began over a decade ago.

“We went from having a barbecue chicken picnic for parishioners to expanding each year to become a full-blown community-wide event,” Freiwald said.

“Entertainment will be continuos with DJ Al Steele playing music throughout the day. Polka music will be provided from 1 to 4 p.m. by Jerry Intihar.”

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