Old Timer's Day set to roll into Selbyville for 56th year

Selbyville celebrates the old and new at the Old Timer’s Day summer street fest. The daylong party kicks off Saturday, June 16, around 9 a.m. on Church Street.

The festival celebrates 56 years this month, which means more than 56 years of music, food, neighbors and very cool cars.

At least 100 classic cars and trucks will add some glamour to the event, as drivers compete for best-in-show awards. Antique tractors will also be on display, adding a touch of agricultural nostalgia. Registration for the car show will run from 9 a.m. until judging begins at noon.

Visitors have a chance to get lucky in the 50/50 and door prize drawings, and several dozen vendors will also tempt shoppers with food and crafts near Town Hall and the municipal parking lot near Main Street.

Kids can look forward to the free pony rides near town hall, and the children’s area between town hall and Ellis Alley offers more entertainment and activities, including fire truck rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

People can kick up their heels as the Glass Onion Band pays live music near the post office, and DJ Connections will spin music at town hall.

This year, for the first time, Old Timer’s Day will feature a community yard sale in a vacant yard next to La Sierra. Townspeople will be able to set up tables in one centralized location, for ease of browsing, aiming to entice the nearby Saturday yard-sale shoppers to hunt for bargains on heirlooms, antiques or just the perfect housewares.

The yard sale harkens back to the origins of the festival, as Old Timer’s Day originally began as a downtown shopping event.

“We have a lot of downtown stores,” said Bob Dickerson, town administrator. “People would dress up in period clothes, reduce prices and bring out the antiques at the mom-and-pop stores. It was a marketing thing back then.”

Selbyville simply continued the tradition of its biggest summer event, focusing on the car show and entertainment, and keeping the history alive by opening the town’s Railroad Museum from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The awards ceremony will close the day at 3 p.m., when the mayor, council and dignitaries will award car, truck and tractor trophies.

Admission to the street festival is free, and parking will be available in nearby lots and streets. Because of the large amount of foot traffic, golf carts will help transport people on the roads. Church Street will be closed to traffic between Railroad Avenue and Main Street from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the festival.