News in Cortland NY

Downtown Cortland says Welcome Home to Brockway Truck Show

This year will mark the 9th Annual National Brockway Truck Show on Saturday, August 9. The celebration of Cortland’s proud manufacturing heritage has gained national recognition with attendance of Brockway Truck enthusiasts from two countries and sixteen states.

The day’s activities start with a parade of Brockway trucks leaving the new museum complex on US Route 11 between Cortland and Homer at 8:30 a.m. The procession continues down Homer Avenue to North Main Street to Grant Street to Church Street to Huntington Street and turn onto South Main Street to make their entrance “going the wrong way” onto Main Street. With the engines roaring and the horns blowing, these magnificent pieces of history are parked the length of Main Street where they are parked for viewing throughout the day.

“The Brockway Truck Show in Downtown Cortland is really a signature event for Cortland,” said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership. “The event celebrates our proud manufacturing heritage as well as the entrepreneurs and innovation that makes Cortland a great place to live, work and visit.”

Other events taking place during the day of the Truck Show will be the popular Husky Dog Exhibit from 10 am to 3 pm. At Noon the Reunion Luncheon for the former Brockway employees and their families will be held at the Community Restaurant, 10 Main Street (reservation are required). At 3 pm the Presentation of Awards will take place in front of the Registration Booth. The award categories will include the oldest Brockway in attendance, the Brockway traveling the farthest distance to the Show, the truckers’ choice and the peoples’ choice. The day will close with a chicken barbeque (reservations required) starting at 5 pm at the Museum site followed by the Brockway Auction at 6:30 pm, also at the Museum site, 4386-4392 US Route 11.

The Brockway Committee’s dream of one day having a Brockway Museum has become a reality. With the purchase of the A.B.Brown property in February 2006, thanks to the generous contribution from Elaine and Peter Grimm of Troy, NY. Volunteer manpower has been preparing the site for the reconstruction of the buildings into a first-class museum which will also house the Homeville collections, the Tractors of Yesteryear and a variety of other local collections. To help support the renovation, the Brockway Truck Show will hold a Pre-Show BBQ Fundraiser on Friday evening, August 8, from 5 – 8 pm at the Museum site catered by Bob’s Barbeque of Homer. The menu will include pulled pork, barbequed chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, macaroni salad, coleslaw, brownies, soda and water. Tickets may be purchased from any Committee member. For further information on any of the activities of the Brockway Truck Show, you may call 607-756-6499 or 607-423-6885, e-mail info@brockwaytrucks.org or check their website at www.brockwaytrucks.org.

Visitors to the Brockway Truck Show in Downtown Cortland are also invited to preview a special art exhibit created just for the Brockway Truck Show during this bicentennial year of Cortland. The art show is a collaboration between the Cultural Council of Cortland County, the Cortland Downtown Partnership and the Groton Art Class. The Beard Building Gallery at 9 Main Street is offering a peek at the creative side of Cortland’s Brockway Truck heritage. Original works of art created just for the Brockway Truck Show will be on display all day.

“Blending the physically impressive form of a Brockway Truck with the creativity of local artists creates an exciting opportunity,” said Lloyd Purdy, Director of the Cortland Downtown Partnership. “Brockway Trucks have their very own beauty and local artists have done a very impressive job capturing that majesty in two-dimensional artwork.”

The Brockway Truck artwork on display during the Truck Show will also be up for auction at an online auction run by the Cultural Council of Cortland County. To bid on a piece of work, buy a print, or souvenir note cards, visit the Cultural Council of Cortland County online art auction.