A blast from the past

Prospect hosting annual Sock Hop and Car Show

Dick Ludecke, left, of Prospect talks about his 1948 Ford Convertible with Will Douchet of Wolcott last year during Prospect’s annual Sock Hop and Car Show on the Green. This year’s show is Sunday.  -FILE PHOTO

Dick Ludecke, left, of Prospect talks about his 1948 Ford Convertible with Will Douchet of Wolcott last year during Prospect’s annual Sock Hop and Car Show on the Green. This year’s show is Sunday. -FILE PHOTO

PROSPECT — Prospect will turn back the hands of time this weekend.

The 29th Annual Sock Hop and Car Show is Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. on the Green on Center Street.

“Every kind of car and truck you can think of will be here,” said Mayor Robert Chatfield, adding the show typically draws about 800 vintage vehicles. “There will even be a bus that ran in Waterbury that looks just like the one Jackie Gleason [from the television show the Honeymooners] used to drive.”

Trophies will be presented for the vehicles in multiple categories, including military vehicles and emergency vehicles, at 5:15 p.m., Chatfield said.

Visitors will also be treated to the songs of the 1950s and 1960s with performances by The Rockin’ Heartbeats and the Sharades. Local vendors will be on hand serving up food as well.

According to Chatfield, Senor Panchos, Bellavita Pizza Restaurant, Prospect Dairy Bar, Big Dipper Ice Cream, Anna’s Prospect Pizza and the Prospect Citgo Station will all have booths at the event.

“It’s the late summer social. You can say hi to people who have been away all summer and kids can have reunions as they’re getting ready to go back to school. It’s just a nice time up on top of our little town here,” Chatfield said.

Chatfield said the car show was a “walk-around event” with cars on display on the Green, the field next to the Prospect Library and down Center Street. Parking is available at St. Anthony’s Church, Town Hall, Long River Middle School and at Algonquin School.
Chatfield encouraged people to come see the show for themselves.

“Unless you’ve been here before I can’t explain it so the reporter can write it. You have to see this for yourself. It costs you nothing to come up and walk around and enjoy the afternoon,” Chatfield said.

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