Street Market to feature car show

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By Chris Sardelli

The next Lancaster Street Market will have one new feature – an auto show.

The third open-air market, to be held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, will feature a car show on West Gay Street with an extensive collection of cars from different eras.

Organized by Koss Motorsports on the S.C. Bypass 9, there is no entry fee to participate in the car show.

Cars will be judged in several different categories. Trophies will be handed to the winners.

Steve Koss, owner of Koss Motorsports, said the show will probably have more than 50 cars, including 1955 Chevrolets, Corvettes, classic trucks, street rods and imports.

“We’re able to draw quite a few cars from around the area,” Koss said. “This is a nice way to end the year.”

For details about entering the car show, call Koss at 320-3193 or e-mail him at smkoss@comporium.net

The market, which will be set up on the grassy area at Main and Gay streets, will still feature food and handmade items, such as scented candles, baked goods, gift items and Christmas accessories.

St. Luke United Methodist Church will be holding a bake sale as part of the Street Market. There will be cakes, pies, bread and cookies, and all sales go to benefit the church’s building fund.

There are nine vendors signed up to participate in the Street Market, but there is still room for more.

Any interested businesses can call event coordinator Carrie Miller at See Lancaster at 286-1145, extension 22 or e-mail her at cmiller@seelancaster.org.

“This time we’ll have a different crowd because of the car show,” Miller said. “Hopefully, people who are Christmas shopping can come to see what downtown Lancaster will have.”

The markets were designed with the idea that people who stop by to see the vendors will also visit the local downtown businesses.

Miller said the markets held earlier this fall have done extremely well.

“They have definitely been well received,” Miller said. “There has been a lot of positive feedback from people that own businesses downtown, vendors, people that stop by, the city and several different officials. We’ve been very pleased with it.”

The Lancaster Downtown Business Association and See Lancaster, a group dedicated to promoting downtown business revitalization and economic development in Lancaster County, are  deciding when more Street Markets may take place.

Miller predicts the markets will continue again in the spring, possibly in March or April 2009.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at csardelli@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 416-8416