Damascus Ruritans mark 60th anniversary with antique car show

DAMASCUS – To commemorate 60 years (chartered in 1953) of community service, the Damascus Ruritan Club held an antique car show on Aug. 16 featuring 1953 (60 years) and others older than 1988 at the Damascus Friends Church front parking lot.

Eighty vehicles were displayed, the oldest being a 1922 Mathis automobile, owned by club member Earl Mather of Garfield. Trophies were awarded to 10 outstanding entries.

The car owner’s entry fee was a non-perishable food item or a volunteer cash donation to the Damascus Friends Church Food Pantry, which brought in 170 pounds of food and $175 in cash donations for their food pantry.

The club members served hot ox (roast beef) sandwiches, potato chips, bottled water and soft drinks. The club has been the recipient of many community service awards from Ruritan National throughout the 60 years. The West Branch Area Ladies Ruritan Club shared their talents by having a homemade bake sale during the event.