Classic cars on display at the third annual Harrisville Hot Rod Car Show – WatertownDailyTimes.com

Posted: Monday, July 13, 2015
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HARRISVILLE — Another beautiful day in the north country made for a great time to look at classic cars at the third annual Hot Rod Car Show at the Town of Diana Historical Museum.

Last year rain kept people away, but this year blue skies and sun were in the forecast, drawing 21 cars to the show.

Douglas W. Fetterly, one of the directors of the museum, said he came up with the idea for the show as a way to benefit the museum.

“I’m just an old hot rod guy,” Mr. Fetterly said. “I’ve been (dealing) with these hot rod cars for 50 years.”

The other purpose of the show is to draw people to the museum, because many do not know it exists, he said.

“We’ve got a ton of history in there on Lake Bonaparte,” Mr. Fetterly said.

He said most of the cars were from Lewis and Jefferson counties, but one car came from New Jersey to participate in the show.

Richard R. Forsyth, of Carthage, brought his 1949 Buick Super Convertible to the show. This car model was made famous in the movie “Rain Man,” he said.

“It’s all about a ’49 Buick convertible; it’s the main theme of it,” Mr. Forsyth said. “It’s really a neat movie. That one was painted yellow. That car about doubled in value after that movie. They’re a rare car. They didn’t make very many of them.”

This is was his first time at the Hot Rod Show, but he has been participating in shows for more than 40 years, Mr. Forsyth said.

“It’s a nice little show,” Mr. Forsyth said. “I’ve seen a lot of people I haven’t seen in years and years.”

Richard Simmons, past commander of Bassett-Baxter American Legion Post 789, Carthage, said the event is excellent for a small village.

Mr. Simmons brought his 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 to the show.

He is getting back into old cars and bought this car two months ago, Mr. Simmons said.

“I’m having fun with it,” he said.

Mr. Simmons is also involved with the “Cruise-in” held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Turning Point Park, Carthage. All of the proceeds benefit the Carthage American Legion Scholarship Fund.

Delores M. Young, president of the museum, said something new this year is that spectators voted for the car that is the people’s choice and the car someone would most like to drive home. The winning entries were to receive a certificate.

The museum was started 15 years ago, Mrs. Young said. Fundraising began in 1999 to obtain the funds to purchase the building at 2 Depot St.

“We had to restore the whole place inside,” Mrs. Young said. “Then the artifacts started coming in from local people and from there we’ve tried to add to it every year.”

There are about five rooms in the museum filled with artifacts from around the region.

Mrs. Young said the museum tries to have fundraisers throughout the summer, because it is closed during the winter.

“We try to earn our monies the best we can, because we don’t charge any fee to come into the museum. It’s strictly donation,” Mrs. Young said.

She said she wants to see the museum continue to stay open.

“The hardest part is finding your people who might be interested, because all of us who started it are getting older,” Mrs. Young said. “It is hard to get young people interested in history.”

The museum is having more fundraisers this summer, Mrs. Young said. On July 25, it will do a historical tour of the village, and on Aug. 2, the Remington Band will play at the museum. The museum also will be open during the Harrisville Community Fest on Aug. 15 and there will be a yard sale.

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