ALLEGANY, NY – Hundreds of people filled Allegany’s Fireman’s Park Sunday for the 28th Annual Street Classics Car Show.

The event organized by the Street Classics Car Club of Olean featured a total of 195 cars and trucks as well as three motorcycles, according to club officials.

Jason Blersch, an Olean resident and member of the club, said that putting on an event of that size is no small feat.

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“We started preparing last year right after our other main event," Blersch said. "Mainly, getting stuff for the Chinese auctions, sending out fliers to get the word out, getting sponsors, and, of course, getting people to show up and work the event.”

The reason the club puts so much time and effort into the show is for giving back. According to club officials, in the past 28 years the club has made donations totaling more than $113,200, and of that total, $77,800 has been donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 

“We donate $5,000 to JDRF every year, and this event is a big part of making that happen,” Blersch said.

Car show attendees had the opportunity to check out vintage, restored vehicles such as Lee Smith’s red 1939 Chevrolet Pickup Master.

Smith, of Java, was the 2018 Best of Show winner and came back to show off his restored truck for the second year in a row.

“It was fun last year, but I’ll tell you what, there is a lot of competition here this year,” Smith said.

Smith finished rebuilding his 80-year-old truck five years ago, and he made it clear that it was no easy task.

“I put enough money into this truck to buy a house.” he said.

Not only did the event attract veteran car junkies; it also offering something for people of all ages including a silent auction, face painting and children’s games.

Food also was a staple of the event. Randy’s Up the River; the Allegany Volunteer Fire Department and the local Boy Scouts were among those offering a variety of foods including hamburgers and hot dogs, chicken dinners, cheese steak sliders and root beer floats.

Freddy and the Jets played tunes from the '50s and '60s that kept attendees dancing all afternoon. 

Every Thursday through Sept. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., the Street Classics Car Club will host a Cruise Night in the Olean Center Mall parking lot.

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