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Warrensburg Car Hop builds sense of community

— Vintage fast food served outdoors, classic cars, and plenty of socializing were featured Thursday Sept. 12 as about 100 area citizens and local business representatives participated in the Warrensburg Car Hop event.

Many visited the gathering on upper Main St. to inspect the vintage cars, while others browsed the lineup of displays hosted by local business representatives.

Centered in the parking lot of Luck-E-Star, the event included food served at picnic tables by volunteer waitresses.

WCKM radio personality Lee Pecue interviewed many of the people attending, boosting spirits with his cheery demeanor.

The event was hosted as a fundraiser by the Greater Warrensburg Business Alliance.

“It was a blast,” Alliance president Kathy Hill said afterwards. “We had a fantastic time — it was a huge success.”

Four waitresses served food at the diners’ tables, delivering upbeat conversation as well as the classic diner food. Chelsey Witz, Samantha Shave, Megon Webb, and Warrensburg Town Board member Linda Marcella all delivered the orders curbside, and the four donated their tips to the Alliance. Luck-E-Star also donated $1 per check to the business-boosting group.

“The Car Hop had a really good feeling — and the car people loved it,” Marcella said. “The Alliance is working to build up a sense of community, and that’s what was happening,” she said.

The event hosted a surprise visit by a cast of mock bootleggers and “federal agents” in antique cars and 1920s garb, staging an apprehension of Prohibition-era crooks, as a prelude to the Rum-Runners’ Weekend held Sept. 13 through 15 in nearby Chestertown. The agents searched the crowd, nabbed Wes Butler Sr. of Brant Lake, dragging him away to the crowd’s delight. The Rum-Runners’ Weekend was an event sponsored by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance of northern Warren County.

Hill said her Warrensburg-based organization was planning to adopt the Car Hop as an annual event. Also, there is a spinoff in now being pursued by local residents Mike Lawler and Frank Bennett — a weekly Car Hop moving from one Warrensburg business to another, likely to be held on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, she said.

“Everyone looked like they were having a good time,” she said.

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