Thursday, June 23, 2011

Cruisin' Pallooza roars to life this weekend in Whitney Point

Hey, car lovers: This year's Cruisin' Pallooza has added a new day and a new feature. The event, now in its 11th year, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Broome County Fairgrounds on state Route 11 in Whitney Point.

Cruisin' Pallooza will still feature its customary hot rod and custom car show, flea market and swap meet. New to the schedule is "Bike Night During The Day," to be held on Sunday. The Tri-County Collision Cruise-in will be held Friday. Custom cars, not-so-custom cars and motorcycles are invited to meet at 5 p.m. at NYSEG Stadium, 211 Henry St. in Binghamton, to take part in a cruise up Front Street; through the towns of Chenango, Barker, Green and Triangle; and ending at the Broome County Fairgrounds, where visitors will be treated to live music by Distant Thunder, food, fun, vendors and the movie "Wild Hogs" under the stars.

On Saturday, more than 400 show cars are expected to vie for the Best of Show trophy, including rat rods, street rods, muscle cars, lead sleds, drag cars and antiques. Gates open at 9 a.m., with judging starting at 11 a.m. and an awards presentation at approximately 3 p.m. Pre-registration is $7 in advance and $10 the day of the show. In a new twist, anyone who registers for the car show will be eligible to win a pair of tickets to the Pennsylvania 500, to be held in August at Pocono Speedway.

Sunday, will feature the inaugural Cruisin' Pallooza Bike Night During the Day. All bikes are welcome to participate. Gates open at 8 a.m., and the day will feature a pig roast, bike games, vendors, the Miss Cruisin' Pallooza Bikini Babe Contest, and live music by Distant Thunder, Hover and Outer Reef. A poker run will leave Southern Tier Harley Davidson, 1152 Front St. in Binghamton, between 9 and 10 a.m.

Admission and parking for the Cruisin' Pallooza is free all three days, but organizers are asking visitors to bring a nonperishable food donation or cash to help stock the pantries of the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wheelchair Ramps

BINGHAMTON — The Broome County Council of Churches is seeking donations for its wheelchair ramp summer building project, “Ramp It Up 2011.”

Through the project, free wheelchair ramps are built for people who cannot easily get in or out of their homes, according to the council. Currently, the council only has enough funds to complete nine of the 13 planned ramps. New construction tools are also needed.

Sponsorships for the tool trailer that will be located on site are also accepted. For more information on donations or sponsorships, call Greg Jenkins at 768-4475.

— Lisa Kashinsky