By Samantha McDonnell
WESTFIELD - During the summer months, many car enthusiasts look forward to cruise-ins to show off their vehicles or appreciate vehicles belonging to others. Visitors to Cross Roads Farm and Craft Market this coming Saturday will have the opportunity to take in the visual appeal of many vehicles and motorcycles all for a good cause.
The second annual Cruise Against Hunger will be held on Aug. 10 at Cross Roads in Westfield.
The second annual Cruise Against Hunger will be held Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cross Roads. The event will be held rain or shine, but the sun will be shining, joked Event Chairman Gerry Vacanti. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Food Bank of WNY, the region's largest hunger relief agency.
"The money will stay right here in our area, stay here in Chautauqua County," Vacanti said.
Initially Vacanti said the event was going to be open to just cars but after several inquiries about motorcycles the decision was made to invite motorcycles. For all registered motorcycles and cars, there will be awards and trophies given out at 3 p.m.
There are 39 trophies in various categories and classes including best 1950's original stock through 1995, best original or modified stock, best of show and people's choice for cars and Trooper's Choice - most likely to get pulled over for motorcycles. There will also be six different classes for motorcycles. Authorized judges will decide the various awards with spectators choosing people's choice. Registration for all vehicles will be $8.13, an amount that will hopefully bring in drivers.
"Entries are $8.13 (standing for) August 2013, but also to create awareness about the cruise-in because it's an unusual amount," Vacanti said.
Vacanti, who is also a vendor at Cross Roads, said the event last year started as a way to raise money for the food bank and Cross Roads offers space for fundraisers for free.
"We wanted to do something for the food bank and we wanted to celebrate. We decided we'd go with a cruise-in because they're so popular. We decided the food bank was one of the best (causes) for the children who are hungry. We think they're all over the country - but they're in our backyard," said Vacanti. "It should be a lot of fun, we had a ball last year."
While there is no fee to enter as a spectator, donations of non-perishable foods are accepted and encouraged, Vacanti said. Representatives from the food bank will also be on hand to accept monetary donations. The Blue Star Mothers will host a chicken and ribs barbecue. Tickets will be available at the Blue Star Mother's booth located in Building 1 on the grounds. Food vendors will also be available on site. There will also be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle and a corn roast. Entertainment will include The Untouchables playing from 12 to 3 p.m. and the Hot Country Liners Dance Team will perform at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Registration for the cruise-in will begin at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is not required and drivers should bring their vehicles to the grounds the morning of to register. Vacanti said there will be an expedited registration process for drivers' paperwork.
"It should go very smoothly. We want to get as many cars in as possible so people can start voting," Vacanti added.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cross Roads located at 6017 Sherman-Westfield Road, Westfield. For more information, visit www.thecrossroadsmarket.com or www.facebook.com/CruiseAgainstHunger.