‘A great time’ at Weekend in the Park

Posted: May 6, 2013

The Winchester Star

People peruse crafts for sale at Anthony’s Pizza Weekend in the Park Spring Expo. The two-day event, held Saturday and Sunday in Jim Barnett Park, was part of the 86th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. (Photo by Jeff Taylor/The Winchester Star)
With his dad’s steadying hand on his forehead, Jack Bordeaux of Marshall has a spider airbrushed onto his face by Toni Tracey of Smithsburg, Md. Jack’s father is Brian Bordeaux.
Diane and Walt Neidig of Gore look over jewelry offered by a vendor at the Anthony’s Weekend in the Park Spring Expo.

WINCHESTER — Whether it was to see a car show that featured more than 200 vehicles or peruse a multitude of arts and crafts booths, Anthony’s Pizza Weekend in the Park Spring Expo drew thousands of people to Jim Barnett on Saturday and Sunday.

The event, in its 38th year, was part of the 86th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

Winchester residents Vincent Roberts, 50, and Angie Spitler, 42, said they planned to check out the approximately 240 vehicles in the car show — organized by area car club Yesterday’s Cruisers Inc. — before heading to the arts and crafts booths and getting lunch.

Roberts, originally from Tucker County, W.Va., went to Weekend in the Park for the first time on Sunday.

“I’ll definitely be back,” he said. “I like some of the Chevelles because I had a Chevelle.”

Spitler added that she likes everything at the event.

Russ Edwards, 68, of Winchester, said he enjoyed seeing some of the classic pickup trucks at the car show. He owns a classic car himself — a 1966 Ford Mustang — but he doesn’t enter it in car shows.

Winchester residents Robert and Tammy Nuckols, 46 and 41, respectively, said they like Apple Blossom festivities such as Weekend in the Park.

“It’s a great time,” Tammy Nuckols said.

“[You] can’t have [any] better place to be,” Robert Nuckols added.

Shawneeland residents James Meadows, 65, and Lynn Meadows, 57, said they come to Weekend in the Park every year.

“Weekend in the Park is the big thing,” Lynn Meadows said.

James Meadows said they like the arts and crafts, food and the event’s atmosphere.

“And, of course, the usual [bag of] kettle corn,” Lynn Meadows added. “That’s every year.”

She also took in Friday night’s Nightfest Fireworks at Handley High School.

“Apple Blossom’s for all ages,” she said.

— Contact Matt Armstrong atmarmstrong@winchesterstar.com