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June 29, 2013

Photo Gallery, Story: Classic sitcom star revs into town for 50’s event

NEW CASTLE —

Cascade Park is known for hosting many events, none more iconic than the Back to the 50’s Weekend. 
Classic cars began filling the park as early as 8 a.m. Friday, June 28, for the event’s  27th year. The three-day festival provides entertainment for all ages, and of course plenty of vehicle eye-candy from a classic era for cars.
Friday’s main attraction was an appearance by Butch Patrick who played Eddie Munster on “The Munster’s” TV series. 
Patrick arrived at the event at noon, and spent the day in a tent dedicated to the show. Large pictures of the cast were hung so that Patrick could pose for photos with guests. The show’s famous Dragula hot rod was a big hit with those in attendance.
“I love car shows,” he said. “I actually have a company called Munster Muscle, so whenever I come to car shows it’s like a working vacation for me.”
He said he was excited to meet a lot of his fans, along with seeing many of his good friends from Pittsburgh. 
Patrick had many old photos of himself as well as memorabilia, which he happily signed for those in attendance. The memorabilia included a DVD created by Patrick’s friend, Henry Golis whose family is from New Castle. 
The DVD, “It’s Only Halloween,” is a music video featuring Patrick as a vampire who must save his girlfriend from a gang of zombies. Bill and Ted Golis, both New Castle natives, wrote the song for the video. 
Patrick said the song was created to be a classic tune for the Halloween season, similar to Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s “Monster Mash.”
 Aside from the excitement of Patrick and Dragula, visitors enjoyed the many classic cars that were displayed throughout the park. And, there’s more in store for the rest of the weekend.
Today will feature a cornhole tournament, The General Lee from “The Dukes of Hazzard” and a car cruise to Donna’s Diner in Sharon. 
Beatlemania Magic, a Beatles tribute band, will be performing Sunday.
Butch Patrick and Dragula will be at the park all weekend. 

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