Cool cars, fine wine

Middletown’s annual car, truck show and Belle Grove’s wine fest this Saturday

By Ryan Cornell

Middletown will close a portion of U.S. 11 on Saturday for its fourth annual car and truck show.

Held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., this free-to-attend event will feature food vendors, door prizes, oldies music from DJ Freddie Cheshire and more than 100 cars.

An awards presentation at 3 p.m. will recognize the 20 best cars and a mayor’s award will be given to the top deserving car.

This is the first time the car show will be held on Main Street. It’s previously been hosted at the town park, although Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh said the park’s rough terrain made it difficult for some low-riders and hot rods to attend.

He said he’s modeling the event after a car show he recently attended in Leesburg.

“Every restaurant had an hour wait time,” Harbaugh said. “I thought it would be magical if all the restaurants here had an hour wait time, if the businesses were as packed as they were in Leesburg.”

The Middletown Car and Truck Show is the town’s biggest fundraiser for its 4th of July celebration.

In case of rain, the car show will be rescheduled to 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

The registration fee to enter a car into the show is $10. Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

For more information or to register, contact Harbaugh at 540-877-4594.

At the southern end of town, the Belle Grove Plantation will host its fourth annual wine fest Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., visitors can taste wines from eight regional vineyards, including North Mountain Vineyard & Winery, Mountain View Vineyard, Desert Rose Ranch and Winery, Wicked Oak Farms and Vineyard, Quievremont Wine, Hunt’s Vineyard, Winding Road Cellars and 612 Vineyard as well as cider from Winchester Cider Works.

Cooking and wine pairing demonstrations from local chefs and live music from The Carroll Brothers and The Elizabeth Lawrence Band is also scheduled throughout the day.

Once the car and truck show ends, some of the cars will make their way to Belle Grove at around 4 p.m.

Admission for tasting is $25 at the gate and includes a commemorative wine glass, tastings, access to vendors and performances and tours of Belle Grove’s historic Manor House. Admission is $10 for visitors under 21 or those who do not want to participate in wine tastings.

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