More than 200 cars and 1,700 spectators gathered in Jarrettsville on April 13 to celebrate Harford County's car culture at the 2nd Annual Romancing the Chrome Car Show hosted by Harford County Public Library and the Jarrettsville Lions Club.
Car enthusiasts and onlookers alike enjoyed a beer garden, live music by The Diamond Heads and concessions by Pond View Farm and Pit Crew, WOLO gourmet food truck and catering and Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli. Attendees explored a variety of exhibits from vendors including the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company, the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Harford County Public Library and several of the event's sponsors: Keene Dodge, Mr. Tire, Harford Sanitation/Waste Industries, WXCY, Race On LLC, Bill Schilling & Chad Shrodes/Long & Foster Realtors, Liberty Mutual, Atlantic Tractor, WAMD and the Jarrettsville Friends of Harford County Public Library.
"We are thrilled to have so many cars and spectators return this year," Amber C. Shrodes, director of the Harford County Public Library Foundation and an organizer for the event, said. "Since its inception the community support for the Romancing the Chrome Car Show has been outstanding and continues to grow."
A total of 206 cars registered to compete for the $500 Best in Show prize.
The winners are, Best in Show: John Emory – 1966 Pontiac Lemans, Domestic 1993+: David Bender – 2005 Chrysler Crossfire, Foreign 1993+: Howard Sheppard – 1999 Mercedes SL500, Muscle 1993+: Doug Wilson – 2002 Corvette Coupe, Imports/Tuners: Mark Walters – 2006 Honda Civic, Custom (1949 to 1992): Jessica Kilby – 1950 Chevrolet Pickup, Street Rod: Leroy Clark – 1939 Chevrolet Sedan, Historic (pre-1949): Ned Cockey – 1929 Ford A Roadster, Muscle Car, Mopar: Dave Shaw – 1966 Dodge Coroner, Muscle Car, Ford; Bob Johnson – 1968 Shelby GT500 KR, Muscle Car, GM: Ted Groncki – 1969 Chevrolet SS Chevelle, Jeep/Truck/SUV (pre-1992): Mike Zerski – 1953 Ford, Jeep/Truck/SUV (post-1993): Adam Balanker – 2001 Chevrolet S10, Stock (1949 to 1992): Michael Dilutis – 1972 Plymouth Barracuda, Foreign (pre-1992): George Hubbard – 1959 Mercedes 190SL.
Proceeds from the car show were more than $10,000, and were to be divided between the library and the Jarrettsville Lions.
"We are delighted with the success of the 2nd Annual Romancing the Chrome Car Show and our partnership with the Harford County Public Library," said David Goff, King Lion of the Jarrettsville Lions Club. "The event is becoming a spring tradition for car enthusiasts throughout the County."
"The Romancing the Chrome Car show is a terrific event," added Mike Baldwin, general manager at Keene Dodge and the presenting sponsor. "The show launches the car show season, is well organized and has a great location. Further, the cash incentive brings out a very high caliber of car. We have been exceedingly pleased with our partnership with the library and the Lions Club and look forward to sponsoring again next year."
Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches throughout Harford County. The library serves more than 175,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of 4.5 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting a love of reading within the community.
The Harford County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of the Library and to promote awareness of Library services. More information may be found at hcplonline.org.