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Antique car parade rolls through Newfound region

A parade of cars from the 1920s through today drew enthusiastic crowds along their parade around Newfound Lake last Saturday afternoon, including a drive through historic Hebron Village. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
August 06, 2020
REGION — Last Saturday afternoon, people along the shores of Newfound Lake were treated to a special sight as 96 antique and classic cars made not one, but two loops around the lake. They were greeted by throngs of people along the route and even in boats along the ledges where they could enjoy a front row seat to the spectacle. In Hebron Village, many residents even brought a picnic lunch to enjoy in the shade of the town common as they awaited the parade.

For several years, Bridgewater resident Anne Bryan has hosted a popular car show on her property, with proceeds from the event benefitting the New Hampshire Humane Society. Realizing that gatherings of that nature are not feasible this year, she said one night she dreamt about a parade of antique cars travelling around the lake and her crew of 20 volunteers loved the idea when she shared it with them.

Bryan never realized how special that dream was until the parade got underway, though.

"It blew my mind to see the reception we had around every turn," Bryan said. "This might very well become an annual event."

Spectators along route said they were "blown away" as well as they watched everything from a 1926 Packard and 1927 Pierce Arrow to a 60's era Volkswagen van, classic sports cars and muscle cars motor by.

Joined by an excited crowd on the Hebron Town Common, one gentleman remarked that he, while he was eager to see the vehicles, he didn't think the parade would be as big as it turned out to be.

"This was really nice! I thought there would probably be a dozen or so cars but this was so much more than I expected," he said.

Another young woman called the parade "amazing" as she watched her father pass the Hebron Common in his 1954 military jeep that was in service during the Vietnam War.

Bryan said car owners were quite receptive to the unique idea of a parade around the lake and she was very pleased with the turnout.

Early registrants for the parade received a bagged lunch from Biederman's Deli in Plymouth as well as hand towels and beverages from Bryan and her crew. Besides sharing her gratitude with the staff of Biederman's for their contribution, Bryan also wanted to publicly thank her "amazing staff of volunteers" who made the event such a success.

Varney Smith
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