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Classic cars, rides bring Buffalo Twp. neighbors together

| Monday, May 17, 2004

BUFFALO TOWNSHIP-- For once, cars that weren't moving were the big attraction at Lernerville Speedway.

Sunday's Buffalo Township Community Day brought out at least 200 classic cars, a cruise sponsored by the Kruzin Knights, a nonprofit organization whose proceeds go to Butler County Victim Outreach Intervention Center.

Organization President Ron Matthews said there are 54 people in the group, but anybody can bring their classic car to the events. Matthews was showing off his 1965 GTO convertible, as the radio station 3WS played songs that may have been heard coming from the car's radio when it was new.

The car cruise was just one of the events that highlighted the 10th annual event that's grown immensely since its humble beginnings at the township community building.

"It's getting bigger," said Julie Young, who, along with Linda Stover, co-chair the event.

The parking lot was full, and swarms of people walked around looking at the cars, eating food, and looking over craft tables. Many of Sunday's events were geared toward children, including a train that cruised around the parking lot.

New attractions this year included a karate demonstration and a petting zoo. The free event is not held to make a profit, and any money that is made is usually given to the township's fire departments.

"We have it for people to come out and get to know everybody," Stover said.

She attributed the large crowds to a day which was in sharp contrast to last year's cold, soggy atmosphere.

"Thank God it hasn't rained," Stover said while looking up at the sky.

The nice weather brought out the Koegler family of Buffalo. Mother Sherry Koegler watched over her children, Micah 10, Makenzie, 8, and Madison, 5 as they washed their hands after going through the petting zoo.

"I liked the rabbit and the horse," Makenzie said.

Micah said he attempted to pet the hamster, but the hamster wasn't too keen on the idea.

The children had just arrived at the event, but said that the classic cars were initially their favorite attraction. But that's before they dove into the food, something Sherry said they intended on doing. The community days are nothing new to the family.

"We try to get here every year," Sherry Koegler said.

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