Downtown Delight

Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tribune photo by Clint Confehr Cameron Coble, in the Hot Rod Power Tour shirt, looking at a friend in similar garb, explains that his red car is street legal with stock car racing suspension and a whole lot more.

By Clint Confehr

Senior Staff Writer

Several hundred people strolled Lewisburg's public square during the Second Saturday festivities including open shops, a car show, dinner and a concert.

The WannaBeatles tribute band's concert in the Marshall County Community Theatre followed dinners in '50s Ice Cream next door and across the street from the most visible part of the day.

"There are some 300 to 400 people at least," jeweler Rick Tillis said while looking out the window of his new store at Second and Commerce and estimating the number of people who, by that time, had come downtown.

Across the street, Cameron Coble described his red 1969 Chevy Nova Super Sport, one of dozens of classic cars that were Cruzin' the Square during the revived and rescheduled car shows for this summer.

"That's a 10-second car," Coble said of the Nova's capability on a quarter-mile track. "And that's a 10-second car without the nitrous oxidizer."

With that power boosting system "the motor will make about 1,150 horse power," he said. The car has drag racing tires on the rear wheels and "If you're driving it normal, it'll get 8-10 mpg."

As for visitors to shops, Tillis reported, "It's been crazy today." He had "maybe 150-200 to come through" his store.

"The farmers market was a mild success," he said hoping for more than the four vendors who came to the square to sell their produce this past weekend.

A farmers market has been held in Rock Creek Park.

Discussion on the square included John Murphy's display of digital photos he took in other cities. The pictures show murals painted on broad open walls so that an empty lot won't be an eyesore. Murphy calls such a lot a "snaggletooth."

Apparently, there's one commercial enterprise in town that's willing to have one of the walls painted, Murphy said. However, that project would be one color, but probably something that could be like an artist's painting canvas.

Murphy's interest in downtown development and the monthly car shows includes his participation in the coming months when he'll bring a 1929 Model A Ford panel truck that's been restored into what a soup vendor would drive. He's decorated it as if it were Mrs. Murphy's Chowder truck. That's a reference to a song with lyrics asking about trousers submerged in soup. It's a sales pitch about Murphy's chowder being the best overall soup.