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Franklins to make annual trek to Caz

A Franklin automobile makes its way up Albany Street during the 2011 Franklin Trek Parade.  This year, the 59th annual Franklin Trek in Cazenovia will take place Aug. 4 through 11, with the parade being held at 11 a.m. Aug. 5.

A Franklin automobile makes its way up Albany Street during the 2011 Franklin Trek Parade. This year, the 59th annual Franklin Trek in Cazenovia will take place Aug. 4 through 11, with the parade being held at 11 a.m. Aug. 5. Jerry Hook

— When the 59th Annual Franklin Trek makes visit to Cazenovia Aug. 4 to 11, the classic automobile owners won’t only be bringing nostalgia and history, but also non-perishable goods to be donated to the local food pantry, CazCares.

A total of 210 Franklin cars will be on display during the week-long event. For the Aug. 5 parade, food collection receptacles will be located along the parade route up Albany Street, at the Cazenovia College Quad and in Lakeland Park, where the parade concludes. As Franklin automobiles drivers begin the procession at 11 a.m., they will be making donations throughout the event — and spectators are encouraged to follow suit.

“The Franklin Trek has been held in Cazenovia for more than 40 years. We spend the week staying at Cazenovia College with the cars parked on the college quad. Club members spend the week driving their cars to points of interest in and around Cazenovia. During the week many activities are held including a road rally, tech sessions, cake decorating classes, a reception at the Cazenovia Artisans, a “drive-in” movie, a visit to the Lorenzo State Historic Site and more,” said Franklin Trek Co-Chair Bob Metro. “On Sunday, Aug. 5, we will have a parade down Albany Street followed by an afternoon in Lakeland Park — which provides an opportunity for people to see the cars up close. They can also visit the college to see the cars parked on the quad throughout the week. The village and town have always been more than gracious during our visits. To show our appreciation, we worked with the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman to arrange a donation to the community this year. During the parade route, each car will stop to donate a nonperishable food item to CazCares.”

The Franklin drivers will spend the week in the college dorms, exhibiting their automobiles on the quad and exploring Cazenovia. During their stay, they will be invited to sample Cazenovia’s many restaurants, visit the different local shops and meet the storeowners.

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