ELIZABETHTOWN - One of the area's oldest businesses will be showing its appreciation to the community next weekend as it marks a major milestone.
Egglefield Bros. Ford in Elizabethtown will celebrate its 100th anniversary as a Ford dealer Aug. 1 with a community event featuring music, food, and a parade of Ford vehicles from throughout the past century.
"The only reason we're here is because of the community," said dealer principal Dennis Egglefield. "It's basically a get-together and a 'thank you' weekend bash for our employees and our customers."
In 1910, Egglefield's great-grandfather, Wilbur B. Egglefield, established a dealership in New Russia that started with just three vehicles. The dealership moved to its current location in 1919.
"We're one of the oldest in the country," said Egglefield, noting how only eight other dealerships nationwide can claim to be older. All these years later, Egglefield Bros. has remained a family-owned and operated buisiness. Egglefield's son, Cory, operates the company's second location, High Peaks Ford, on State Route 86 in Ray Brook, making Egglefield a fifth-generation business.
"We've worked hard to take care of our customers and support our community," said Egglefield. "We've all gone at it with the same passion."
The celebration will gather more than 200 vehicles from every decade of Egglefield Bros. history. Attendees will be able to view a 1914 Model T, A wide array of 60's era sports cars, the new models now on sale, and everything in between.
Egglefield said the dealership is still looking for entries for its parade.
"Anbody with an old Ford is welcome," he said. "They don't have to be show cars."
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. when the vehicles will begin making processions, 10 to 15 at a time, along Court Street. A disc jockey will be playing music well into the afternoon, and refreshments will be available as well.
"It's just a great opportunity for people to get together for the day and talk Ford," said Egglefield.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Egglefield Bros. at 873-6551 or visit their Web site at www.egglefieldbros.com.