SPRINGFIELD TWP. It was a great day to be at Springfield Lake on Sept. 17 as more than 200 cars participated in the fifth annual Cruise In on the Lake.
Canfield Road was closed down for the day as the cars lined the road and filled the spaces of the surrounding parking lots.
Admission was free, but there was a $5 donation by those displaying their cars to support the Volunteer Auxiliary Springfield Police (VASP), which, in cooperation with the Springfield Township Parks Department, hosts the event each year.
"Kind of a end of the season fun event," said VASP coordinator Linda Lohr.
Car show attendees brought their lawn chairs and enjoyed time sitting and relaxing while enjoying the beautiful day at the lakefront, listening to music by Sunday Oldies Jukebox 88.9-FM and taking the opportunity to show their cars.
The senior center handled the food, enticing the visitors with hamburgers, hot dogs, beverages and more.
A 50/50 raffle was held and the lucky winner took home $180. Community organizations donated money or items to be used for raffle items.
Jason Main from Akron Coach entertained the kids and the kids at heart with his flat bed tow truck. They got a chance to handle the controls and get up on the truck.
The event has grown quite a bit since its beginnings, and it was not the first time that North Canton residents and brothers Ray and Emerson Foltz road the distance in an antique car to show people what a horseless coach was like way back when. This year, Ray Foltz brought his 1921 Ford Model T to the event. He also owns a has a 1922 Model T as well as others cars.
Ray Foltz said the 1921 Model T was also a convertible. The brothers were enjoying the day and having fun with those that stopped by to take a look at the historical car and everyone got a chance to sit in it.
Ray Foltz instructed the onlookers about the workings of the Model T. He pointed out that there is no gear shift in the car and when the pedal is pushed down it's in low gear and when left up it is is high gear - making it a two-speed car. There also is one pedal for a reverse and one pedal for a brake and the gas tank is under the front seat.
Lohr said the day was a success and the weather was beautiful.
"It was a fun day for all," she said.
VASP is taking applications for new members. There is a need for volunteers to he throughout the community in many ways. To apply, stop by the department or call Lohr at 330-734-4143.