Harford's Romancing the Chrome car show draws more than 2,000

In Harford County Saturday, you could spend your day hunting Easter eggs, flying kites, buying the first locally grown produce of the spring or, if your interests lean toward custom, super stock and classic vehicles, you could visit the third annual Romancing the Chrome show in Jarrettsville.

The show, which featured about 240 classic and contemporary cars and trucks – even a helicopter – arrayed on Jarrett's Field off Norrisville Road, is a fundraiser for the Harford County Public Library Foundation and the Jarrettsville Lions Club. Saturday's show was the third annual.


More than 2,000 people attended, according to Amber Shrodes, director of the Library Foundation.

"It was just a beautiful day to be outside anywhere in the county," Harford County Public Library Director Mary Hastler said Sunday.

With the number of visitors, traffic was backed up about half a mile from Jarrett's Field, where the show was held, Hastler said, and she praised the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company for doing a "great job" with traffic control.

Shrodes noted the "fabulous partnership" between the Lions Club and the library foundation.

"Both of our strengths really complement each other," she said.

Library foundation officials said they netted $15,000 from the event.

Half the proceeds will go to the Lions Club, which will use the funds to support the Leader Dogs for the Blind organization, that provides service dogs to blind and visually impaired people.

The other half will be used to support Harford Library Foundation programs such as its summer reading program, which about 16,000 Harford County children participate in each year, its Little Leapers program, designed to promote science and math skills among children, and any other programs "outside the Library's operating budget," Shrodes said.

"We're really looking forward to the fourth annual Romancing the Chrome car show," she said.

Saturday's show included the vehicles, food such as pit beef and ice cream, a visit from the Harford County Sheriff's Office new helicopter, as well as the Library's Rolling Reader and Silver Reader bookmobiles, according to Hastler.

"I saw a lot of library books being carried around at the car show, which was really cute," Hastler said.

The show also had a competition, with Zach Maskell of Maryland Public Television's "Motor Week" automotive program serving as the lead judge.

Shrodes said Maskell did a "fabulous" job and helped the judging run "smoothly."

"The deliberations went so smoothly, and it was fantastic," she said.


Hastler said the car show is designed to kick off National Library Week, which began Sunday. It was inspired by a visit to Harford County three years ago by the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit "Journey Stories."

She also noted the library system has a number of automotive manuals in its collection and acquired databases of the materials in recent years.

"It's a nice way to kick off National Library Week and bring the whole family out," she said.

Contest winners, according to library foundation officials, were:

Best in Show: Dave Warner – 1948 Studebaker Truck/Roadster;

Domestic 1993 and up: Ralph Hatton – 2006 Cadillac XLR;

Foreign 1993 and up: Mike Davis – 2000 BMW 323CI;

Muscle car 1993 and up: Mark Gogots – 2010 Chevrolet Camaro;

Imports/tuners: Mark Walters – 2006 Honda Civic Si;

Custom (1949-1992): Jessica Kilby – 1950 Chevrolet pickup;

Street rod: Bill Youngworth – 1935 Chevrolet coupe;

Historic (pre-1949): Edward Cockey – 1929 Ford Model A Roadster;

Muscle car, Mopar: Dave Shaw – 1966 Dodge Coronet;

Muscle car, Ford: Bob Johnson – 1968 Shelby GT500 KR;

Muscle car, GM: Bob Baxter – 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396;

Jeep/truck/SUV (pre-1992): Ross Gilbert – 1964 Chevrolet pickup;

Jeep/truck/SUV (post-1993): Wayne Simms – 2006 Ford pickup;

Stock (1949-1992): John Maners – 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air; and

Foreign (pre-1992): George Hubbard – 1959 Mercedes 190SL.