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Rev up for a weekend of motoring events

Staff writer

Most everyone should find a place to go over Memorial Day weekend. Events include a Saturday car show in Burns, a Sunday motorcycle cruise at Peabody, and a Monday small engine show at Lehigh.


Registration for the Marlin Decker Memorial Route 77 Classic Car Show will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

A craft show will be at the community center, a food truck will serve breakfast and lunch, and a shaved ice truck will be on hand. Pizza Rheas will be open. Drinks will be served in front of the bank.


The Peabody Sunday Cruise will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Peabody. It will bring a variety of motorcycles and vehicles to town.

A 10 a.m. church service will be offered. U Knead It Bakery and Grab-N-Go Hotdogs will sell food. Pop’s Diner is one of several downtown businesses that will be open. Porcupine Tea Company, inside Fannie Sterling 1884, will carry small batch ice cream from Salted Creamery in Newton. Ice cream artisan Kendra Burkey will help serve up individual-sized cups.

Cathy Gilley and her fiancé Darren Weems will serve up fresh popcorn and brownies in front of the Sunflower Building.

At 11 a.m. Monday, a Memorial Day dinner will be at Peabody-Burns High School.


The annual Lehigh Small Engine Show will begin at 9 a.m. Monday. The event is a chance for present and past community members to visit their hometown and renew acquaintances.

Coordinator David Terrell said the event was first organized in 1970. People bring classic and antique cars, tractors, and small engines. Some are operational, and some are not.

“You never know who’s going to show up,” Terrell said.

One year, someone brought an early 1900s working combustion engine operated by wood burning. Another time, someone brought a working antique generator that was made for city use in 1890.

Lunch will be served in the city building beginning at 11 a.m., followed by a parade featuring antique vehicles and tractors at 1:30 p.m.

Terrell said Lehigh Rural High School has its bi-annual alumni reunion Sunday, which should enhance attendance at Monday’s event. The school’s last year was 1965-66.

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