CONNEAUT — Lee Ann Bancroft belted out the National Anthem on the flatbed of a large truck to kick off the Conneaut Sock Hop just after noon on Saturday.

Dozens of people placed their hands over their hearts during the “Star Spangled Banner” and the presentation of the colors on Main Avenue.

Antique cars lined the streets as enthusiasts talked with car owners and checked out music at several venues in downtown Conneaut.

The car show was supposed to get rolling at noon but an estimated 200 cars were already in place along Main Street.

The Conneaut to listen to music, check out cars and provide money to help buy hallway cameras for the Conneaut Area City Schools, said Darlyene Brisley who has been organizing the event for all 13 years.

“I love cars. They are beautiful. They are amazing,” said Amy Morton of Macedonia. She was spending time with a friend and was using her cell phone to videotape the cars along the street.

“I got here at 8:30 a.m. or 9 a.m. and people were already here,” Brisley said.

She said car enthusiasts ventured to Conneaut from New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

“I am still getting phone calls,” Brisley said.

She said people were calling early Saturday afternoon to see if they could still participate in the event.

Brisley said proceeds from the event have gone for a variety of community projects including police dogs, a fire department infrared camera and this year to help purchase cameras for Conneaut High School and maybe the middle school.

Rick and Karen Rex made the trip to Conneaut from Millcreek, PA., after seeing brochures for the event at the Conneaut Cruisers show at Conneaut Township Park.

“This is such an all-American town. We enjoy coming over here,” Rick Rex said.

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