TOMPKINS: ‘Summerfest at the Sal’ a Success

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By: Ken Tompkins

Niagara Falls City Councilman

August 12th was a beautiful, sunny day which set the stage for our 1-day event.

Summerfest is a fundraiser to benefit the Niagara Falls Firefighter Toy Fund. It is comprised of a car show, a motorcycle show as well as 7 local bands that donate their talents for the afternoon.

The bands are some of the best in our area and the put on a great show:  Pucker…The Stock Car Boys…Russ Vesci and The Texas Revolvers…Junkyard Dogs…The Thurman Brothers…Seventh Sign…and The Fabulous USA Band. We cannot thank them enough for the great entertainment.

Steve Brown from Channel 2 and Sal Paonessa were our MC’s. Jigster from 97 Rock and Patrick Hammer were guest motorcycle judges. The Pin Ups for a Cause girls ran our 50/50 and were just incredible in interacting with our crowd. We had food trucks and lots of vendors selling their wares.

Over 100 cars showed up, some from as far away as Rochester and Canada. It was great seeing to see the stadium outfield filled with classic cars and folks wandering around taking pictures and talking with the various owners.

For the second year, it was a very successful show and will be a nice boost to the toy fund coffers.



So many people come together to make this a success, I cannot possibly list them all, but; a few volunteers to thank are:

* City of Niagara Falls DPW

* Neal Turvey is always there when needed

* Rumble Shots Photography

* Niagara Falls Firefighters

* Niagara Falls Police Club for security

* Denise Best for the vendors

* Patricia Fredricks for the motorcycles

* RooBoo Productions for all the graphics

* Creative Reach for being our 5013C

* Chuck Sirianni for the help with classic car show

* Michael Brown II for the printing

* Connor Best and Tommy Tedesco were the roadies


We would also like to thank our sponsors:

* Audio One

* Auto Collision and Glass

* Cameron Transport

* David’s Chevrolet

* Downtown Niagara Falls Business Association

* HW Bryk and Sons

* Judge Dianne Vitello

* Laborer’s Local 91

* Northwest Bank

* Steve’s Auto


So many others to thank, such hard work for a great cause. Thank you all so very much.

Last and certainly not least, I would like to thank the city residents that showed up to support this event. It will grow bigger and better with each passing year.

Save the date! It’s happening on August 11th, 2019!!

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