After having to reschedule its date because of spring snow and sleet the previous weekend, Romancing the Chrome celebrated its fifth anniversary in beautiful weather in Jarrettsville on Saturday with over 270 automobiles exhibited and more and more than 3,000 spectators attending.
"It was phenomenal; we broke records," said Rebecca Jessop, foundation director of the Harford County Library, the event's co-organizer with the Jarrettsville Lions Club. The skies were sunny and temperatures were in the 70s for the six-hour show.
Romancing the Chrome raised $13,000, which will be divided between the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Jarrettsville Lions Club.
Keene Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram served as the headlining sponsor of the free, family friendly event which also featured music, contests, food by Pond View Farm & Pit Crew, Pit & Pinchers and Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli and a beer garden.
Waste Industries returned as the event's premiere sponsor. Supporting sponsors were Jarrettsville Creamery & Deli, Jarrettsville Federal Savings & Loan Association and 103.7 WXCY. Contributing Sponsors included APG Federal Credit Union, B.E. Miller & Son Septic Services, Carl's Door Service, Inc., Jacks Small Engines, Jarrettsville Pharmacy and North Harford Liquors.
Lauren Morrison of MPT's MotorWeek served as celebrity judge.
The winners are:
• Best of Show – Stephen Amspacher, 1948 Plymouth Business Coupe;
• Imports/Tuner – Brandon Weaver, 2013 Mitsubishi EVO;
• Custom (1949 – 1992) – John Czachorowski, 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle;
• Street Rod – Rose Bramon, 1932 Ford Coupe;
• Foreign Pre '92 – Robert Parker, 1968 Volkswagen;
• Foreign Post 1993+ - Mike Davis, 2000 BMW 323ci;
• Jeep/Truck/SUV pre '92 – Steve Delp, 1941 Chevrolet Pickup;
• Jeep/Truck/SUV post '93 – Charles Eakle, 2003 Chevrolet Truck Silverado 4x4;
• Muscle Car: GM – Marvin Rembold, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro;
• Muscle Car: Mopar – Bill Gross, 1968 Plymouth Road Runner;
• Muscle Car: Ford – Corey Reiss, 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1;
• Stock(1949-1992) – Steve Waggy, 1969 Chevrolet Z/28 Camaro;
• Historic (pre 1949) – Jesse Herndon, Ford F-1;
• Domestic 1993+ - Michael MacDonald, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette;
• Muscle 1993+ - Henry Jones, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe;
A special Hero's Choice Award was presented by Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler and Colonel Steven Bodway to Charlie Plott and his 1940 Chevrolet Pickup in memory of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Deputy First Class Mark Logsdon. Additional funds were raised for the Harford County Deputy Sheriff's Union Benevolent Fund by the Aberdeen Rotary and the Harford County Public Library.
Community organizations taking part in the day's festivities included the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company and Harford County Public Library. Romancing the Chrome was also made possible by the generous support of Edwin Jarrett and The Rose Family and the dedicated efforts of the Bel Air Corvette Club.
"It's been great having Romancing the Chrome right in our own backyard for five years," said Mike Baldwin, general manager of the third-generation, family-owned and operated Keene Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. "Keene has been proud to serve as the headlining sponsor since the beginning and wants to thank the community for their tremendous support."
"We are so thankful for all the sponsors, vendors, car enthusiasts, spectators and volunteers who make Romancing the Chrome such a fun family event each year," Jessop said. "It's very rewarding to work with the community to raise funds for so many great initiatives."
"Romancing the Chrome is the first car show of the season and is well received by the community," Ed Sturtevant, king lion for the Jarrettsville Lions Club, said. "The beautiful weather made for a wonderful turnout this year."
The Jarrettsville Lions Club is a charitable organization whose mission includes the promotion of good citizenship will use proceeds to support their Leader Dog Program, The Maryland School for the Blind and other local community projects.
The Harford County Public Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization established to raise funds to augment the financial resources of HCPL, will use proceeds to support the Summer Reading Challenge, Havre de Grace Library Building Campaign and other programs.
Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout the county. The library serves more than 181,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 3.8 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading in the community. For more information, visit hcplonline.org.