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TIM WEIGHT/FOR THE EXPRESS Car enthusiasts make their way through the streets of Bellefonte during a previous Bellefonte Cruise event.

BELLEFONTE – When it comes to Bellefonte traditions, a few come to mind.

High on the list is the Historic Bellefonte Cruise, which will take over the streets of the county seat this weekend. The annual event always takes place over Father’s Day weekend and this year will be no exception. The events start today and last until Saturday evening. The event takes place rain or shine.

On Friday, the streets fill up with cars for the “Open Cruise”, with which everyone can drive through the streets of Bellefonte. Grab a deck chair, sit on the side of the road and watch the vintage cars flood the streets.

Subsequent to “Open Cruise”, Bellefonte’s Diamond is transformed into a 1950s-style sock hop. “The Return of Buddy Holly” will enter the stage at 7:30 p.m. The long-time tribute band will perform all of Holly’s greatest hits, including his top 10 hits “That will be the day,” “Oh boy!” and the classic “Peggy Sue.” Of course, on February 3, 1959, Holly died in a plane crash along with Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. This date was immortalized in Don McLean’s hit single “American Pie.”

This marks the first appearance of “The Return of Buddy Holly” on the Bellefonte cruise.

On Saturday, the streets will be filled with hundreds of cars, motorcycles and just about anything else with wheels.

The cars (and everything else) will line the streets from dawn to dusk. The Beach Party Boys – a tribute band to the Beach Boys – take the stage at 12:30 p.m. The tribute band consists of Andrew Canning on bass, Fernando Curcione on rhythm guitar, Guy Schryer on keyboards, Jeff Scott on lead guitar and Marco Spadafora on drums.

The Beach Party Boys members have known each other since the 1990s and officially began touring a little over a decade ago.

The Beach Party Boys will perform a wealth of songs from the Beach Boys library. The hits include “Fun Fun Fun,” “I’m coming around,” “California Girls,” “Would not it be nice”, “Good mood,” and of course, “Kokomo.”

As if cars and music weren’t enough, the Bellefonte Cruise will have a marketplace. The Marketplace will feature items from The Pampered Chef, Faces By Leah (free face paint), Opulenza (sterling silver jewelry), Beach Bound Creations, Krazy Mom Krafts, Tastefully Simple, My American Made Craft and S&E Candles and more.

There will also be a food court with many regional favourites. Some of the restaurants in downtown Bellefonte offer food and drink as well as sidewalk seating.

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