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Berlin Drive in the 50's 20th year June 5

May 28, 2014
BERLIN - Classic cars, oldies music and plenty of different kinds of food. If these are your interests, then Berlin's Main Street is where you should be on Thursday, June 5, for the annual Drive in the 50's.

This year is the 20th year of the event. The Berlin Reporter was not able to find a news report for the first couple of years, but an article for the third said police estimated 3,500 had attended that year. A full-page ad a few days before said over 250 classic cars were expected. There would be dancing on Mechanic and Pleasant Streets and square dancing on Main Street.

Sylvia Poulin, who had just been elected at that time as president of the Berlin Main Street Program Board of Directors was quoted as saying "It's a fun evening. It really brings the community together. People are happy to come to the center of the community."

Today Poulin is the director of the Main Street Program.

This year the event will be held from 5-8 p.m., rain or shine. Main Street will be closed off and lined with antique and classic cars. Many of the downtown merchants have items for sale on the sidewalk in front of their stores.

Local food and drink vendors will offer everything from sausage subs, fireman fries and Cop Shoppe donuts to fried dough and ice cream.

The music fits the era of many of the cars, and the street is usually packed with people wandering from car to car, eating, greeting old friends and dancing to the music they remember from their youth.

This year there will be a new sponsor, Byrne's Auto Sales.

There will be awards for the best vehicles in several categories: best in show, best '50s automobile, best muscle/modified car, best street rod, best import, best truck, best stock/original car, special interest car, Berlin Main Street award, and mayor's choice award.

For more information about the event, contact the Berlin Main Street Program at 752-6246.

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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