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June 24, 2014

Back to the 50’s returns Friday to Cascade Park

NEW CASTLE — A gorgeous outdoor setting, showplace classic cars and nostalgic music add up to a weekend of summertime fun.

The 28th annual event is back — Back to the 50’s Weekend, that is.

And this year, three days of do-wop music will be featured Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Cascade Park.

As in previous years, Tamra Marshall who oversees the show with her dad, Chuck, emphasizes that, “This is not just a car show.

“With the music, vendors and this beautiful park combined with the cars, it’s an entire weekend that appeals to all ages.”

Marshall said her father attends a lot of do-wop shows in the Pittsburgh area.

“That’s his era. He loves it.”

And a lot of people from the Pittsburgh area attend the New Castle show, Marshall pointed out.

This is the 14th year tht she, her dad and Carol Vanasco have organized and operated Back to the 50’s.

“This is the most innovative, successful family fun auto event in the area. Cascade Park is spaciously landscaped, and the waterfalls are breathtaking. We talk to out-of-towners and even people from out of state who love the park with its greenery, hills and trees.”

The event houses so many unique attributes that make for a perfect festival venue, Marshall noted, adding the park provides an abundance of space for 15,000 spectators along with musical entertainment, a variety of food and commercial vendors, and more than 500 cars and trucks.

“The success of this event is exciting and has been recognized by the area. This past year, ESPN2 Street Rodder TV covered our event.”

The Back to The 50’s weekend has been written up in such magazines as Cruisin’ Times, Hot Rod, Rod and Custom, Street Rodder and Super Rod, Marshall said.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association.

Donations from parking go to Par for the Cure, chaired by JoAnne Esposito.

“With areas of entertainment, food, and carnival inflatable fun, this provides a platform for cars, music and fun for the entire family.”

The event will be held rain or shine.


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