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Hopping Harrington draws crowd to its Cruizin' event on May 19


--Photo courtesy of Karen Robertson.

The city of Harrington was alive with cars, vendors, townspeople, out-of-town visitors. Some came for the cars or the quilts, some for the yard and rummage sales. There was a little something for everyone.

Cruizin' Harrington

The Cruizin' Harrington event last weekend drew a large crowd of visitors from the rural areas around Harrington, as well as from other nearby communities. There was food, a car show, a quilt show, rummage and yard sales and an FFA plant sale. People involved in the preservation of historic Harrington were more than willing to talk about their efforts to raise money for further restoration.

The car show at Cruizin' Harrington this past weekend had 107 cars on display, of which 85 were registered for the show.

Car Show winners in the various categories are listed below.

Best car, 1929 and older: 1926 Studebaker standard 6 owned by Jim and Kathy Wilcox.

Best car 1930 - 1949: 1941 Studebaker President owned by John Deprey, Lake Stevens.

Best car 1950-1969: '67 Olds Toronado owned by William Hickey, Walla Walla.

Best car 1970 and newer: 1972 MG owned by Ron Buys, Quincy.

Best truck 1959 and older: Trophy awarded to runner-up, as winner was not present for the trophy awards. Trophy went to 1959 GMC 4X4 owned by Pat Gies, Odessa.(Judged first place was 1936 Chevy pickup owned by Mary Gamble, Cheney).

Best truck, 1960 and newer: 71 Dodge pickup owned by Mark Fogg, Walla Walla.

Best survivor car or truck: Trophy awarded to runner-up, as winner not present for trophy awards. Trophy went to 1925 Studebaker Duplex Phaeton owned by Jim Tefft, Lewiston, ID. (Judged first place was 1967 Dodge Convertible owned by Richard Derr, Harrington).

Best tractor: A 5 9 tractor, owned by Riley (no last name given).

Best special interest: 1956 International Truck and Golf Car owned by Jay Richardson, Walla Walla.

Best paint: 1934 Dodge pickup owned by Myrl Miller, Odessa.

Longest distance driven: 1963 Studebaker GT Hawk owned by John and Gene Lassiter, Lebanon, Ore.

Participants' choice: 1936 Plymouth P-2 coupe, owned by Jim Knapp, Harrington.

Best in Show: 1940 Ford coupe, Bob Fisk.

There were 17 sponsors for the car show. The "Cruizin' Harrington" Car Show and event was originated by the late Allen Barth of the Studebaker Garage which the family (Barths and Plaskons) with a great group of volunteers were able to organize and replicate this year. These volunteers included: Jay Gossett, Shawn Seidel, Celeste Miller, Barb and Brian K. Curtis, Reese Bentley, Riley Roller, Charlie Colbert, Ted Hatcher, Bryan Armstrong, and Scott McGowan.

The Longhorn Barbecue restaurant served 225 meals before they sold out and returned to Spokane.

Yard sales

The Harrington Church of the Nazarene made more than $430 on their yard sale, the proceeds to benefit two mission trips, James Mann going to Tijuana and Pastor Cade Clarke going to Mexico City this summer.

Several vendors set up in the empty lot next door to The Post and Office selling arts and crafts, jewelry and bounce houses for the younger set. School groups sold food, snow cones the like.

A quilt show was held in the upper story of the opera house, while a skilled pianist played a variety of tunes on the grand piano.

--Photo courtesy of Karen Robertson.

Linda Wagner on piano at the Harrington Opera House May 19 for Cruizin' Harrington.

The rummage sale for the Harrington Opera House received more than $1,300 in sales and donations with items continuing to be sold as late as 5 p.m. Another rummage sale is planned for this summer.

Les LePere had his art on display at The Post and Office, and this display will continue through June 2.

Hotel Lincoln

Jerry and Karen Allen are the owners of the Hotel Lincoln, formerly called the Electric Hotel. Jerry told The Record about some of their plans for the future. To impose greater structural stability, steel beams and posts have been installed on parts of the first floor. More such supports are planned for other parts of the structure. A mezzanine area will likely be repurposed into living quarters for the Allens as work continues on the project. Other recently completed improvements include the installation of new windows.


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