Studebaker Swap Meet coming to Dunkirk
DUNKIRK — The Studebaker name is a familiar one in Chautauqua County. If residents have ever taken the tour of the Chautauqua Institution grounds, the Studebaker home along the shores of Chautauqua Lake is a highlight of the driving tour.
Studebaker started building horse-drawn equipment in 1852. Keeping up with the times, they moved on to automobile making in 1902 that was electric. They then built the gasoline powered vehicles in 1904. Unfortunately, their last built vehicles were in 1966.
Though they are no longer being built, Studebaker has many fans. The Studebaker Driver’s Club was founded in 1962 and today there are local chapters all over the globe.
The seventh annual Studebaker Swap Meet returns to the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds, 1089 Central Ave., Dunkirk, on Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
It is free and open to the public. You don’t have to be a member of the Studebaker Club to come and enjoy this event. The meet is sponsored by the Kinzua Region Chapter Studebaker Driver’s Club.
Vendors will be selling everything from the smallest, but very important part, to an entire vehicle. Enjoy looking at or even buying a classic Studebaker which will be on display in the car corral. There will also be books on Studebaker vehicles, literature, memorabilia toys and a beautiful pictorial Studebaker 2024 calendar. A great present no matter what car you like.
Though the swap meet is predominantly for the Studebaker enthusiast, other car related items and “guy stuff” will be available for sale.
Vendors will be coming from Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Ontario, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and of course, New York. Shoppers come from all over the United States searching for the perfect accessory and repair part. The Studebaker followers are very loyal to their brand.
JJ’s Backyard BBQ & Catering of Forestville will be available throughout the two days offering food and beverages.
For vendor and general information, contact Steve Grant, chairman, at 814-779-5553