A fun Friday Festival: Cars and cakes bring out fire department supporters |  News, Sports, Jobs

A fun Friday Festival: Cars and cakes bring out fire department supporters | News, Sports, Jobs


A fun Friday Festival: Cars and cakes bring out fire department supporters |  News, Sports, Jobs

Wayne D’Angelo, right, sits in front of his ’66 Nova. Sitting beside him are Curly Schell and Kenny Wilson, who also had cars at the show. Tony Milbourne

SHEPHERDSTOWN — Friday night was a blast, both for car enthusiasts and for those with a sweet tooth, as Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department hosted their annual car show and bake auction. Cars of all designs lined the hillside beside the fire station, as beautiful summer weather allowed the car owners to showcase their prized possessions to Friday Festival attendees.

Wayne D’Angelo brought out his ’66 Nova, and met up with friends Perry Mentzer and Curly Schell, who brought their ’59 El Camino and ’66 GTO, respectively.

“This is my third year at this show,” D’Angelo said. “It’s a good way for the fire department to make some money and for us to support them.”

Schell and Mentzer expressed how much they enjoy participating in the annual show, which, unlike most shows, is more about companionship than competition.

“I think I enjoy this more than a show where you get trophies. I’m not into the trophies,” Schell said, noting that, to him, his car is his trophy.

Densil Nibert gets a little help from Caden Fluharty, as the Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department Friday Festival’s bake auction got into full swing Friday. Tony Milbourne

After perusing the show’s shiny vehicles and learning details about them from their owners, attendees could head into the station, in time to bid on some delicious baked goods. Dozens of items — cakes, pies, cookies and fudge — lined tables, as Densil Nibert once again donated his auctioneering skills to encourage bidders to offer great prices.

“I think I’ve done this auction for about 10 or 15 years,” Nibert said, mentioning he loves doing this event and helping the fire department.

While the auction’s initial bids started off on the lower end, as the evening progressed, attendees got more and more competitive to secure some of the treats. A starting bid was established prior to the start of the auction for each cake, so if the bidders wanted to take home a cake, their wallets had to open up — as they did.

Per tradition, a hot milk sponge cake baked by Kenny Barron brought the highest bid, as a bidding war raised the price to $500, as it has in previous years. Successful again in winning the bid this year was Barron’s brother, Denny, who took home the prize.

Another bidding war erupted between Denny Barron and Ross Morgan, as they went back and forth to secure a lemon pound cake, donated by Wanda Smith. Morgan, who said he was bidding on behalf of his brother, DL, was the victor, with a top bid of $375.

Also per tradition, faithful contributor Jane See donated multiple pies and cakes, which helped raise the total earned for the evening over the $5,000 mark.

Helping add to the coffers was a donation of a specially-built fire pit, designed by Aaron Raines, co-owner of Shenandoah Metal Fabrication. The beautiful piece, that Raines said weighed approximately 150 pounds, had the high bidder coming in at $700. Country Roads Car Club provided a $500 donation to the department, as well.

Funds raised at the annual festival will be added to the general fund of the department, which allows the volunteer company to provide fire and rescue services to the community.

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