Middletown car show returns to town this month

Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh displays a license plate topper that will be available at this year's Car and Truck and Tractor Show on Aug. 19. Melissa Topey/Daily

MIDDLETOWN – Middletown’s Car & Truck & Tractor show is back for its eighth year this month.

Town officials hope 250 cars, trucks and tractors will cruise into Middletown for the 8th annual show, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Aug. 19.

The town will close Main Street (Route 11) for the event.

“These vehicles are a piece of Americana,” said Mayor Charles Harbaugh, a car aficionado and license plate collector who came up with the idea for the show eight years ago.

Last year about 220 vehicles participated, and Harbaugh said he wants to beat that number.

“It’s great for business; our restaurants are packed,” Harbaugh said.

Registration for the event is $10 and check-in is from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 19 at the former Wayside Theater, which is located at the corner of 2nd and Main streets. To pre-register call 540-877-4594.

New this year will be collectible town tags, also called a license plate topper. Harbaugh said toppers like these were used from 1948 to 1968.

“They are unique,” Harbaugh said.

Proceeds from the event will go to Middletown’s Fourth of July parade.

City National Bank is sponsoring the show. Thomas Lash sponsored the license plate topper.