April 13, 2010
Bulldogs Help America On Wheels Celebrate Anniversary
WFMZ’s Jaccii Farris, Morning Call’s Bill White To
Judge Beauty Contest
Allentown, Pa – More than two dozen bulldogs, including
a celebrity appearance from the pug who starred in the recent
“Sherlock Holmes” movie with Robert Downey Jr. will participate
in a Bulldog Beauty Contest on Saturday to help America
On Wheels celebrate its second anniversary.
Leo the Bulldog, who played Gladstone in the recent movie,
will appear with at least 26 other canines from across the
region, including one dog that skateboards and others that
will display their various talents. Judges for the contest,
which begins at 11 a.m., include WFMZ reporter and bulldog
owner Jaccii Farris and Bill White, columnist for The Morning
Call and a longtime dog owner. Farris, an award-winning
reporter for the Lehigh Valley’s leading television news
show, is a proud owner of two French bulldogs, Oscar and
Violet. White, a longtime columnist know for his Christmas
lights competition, Musikfest gorging and advice to the
lovelorn, noted in his recent blog that he has been a bulldog
fan since his college days.
The third judge will be a member of the Lenape Bulldog
Club of Pennsylvania. “We’re very excited about the contest
and looking forward to seeing all these great pups greeting
our guests for our second anniversary,” said America On
Wheels Executive Director Linda Merkel. “As the Mack Truck
icon, this breed of dog is typically associated with toughness
but at America On Wheels, the owners will show their dog’s
fun side by dressing them up in all sorts of fun attire.
“Judging will be based on each bulldog’s features, which
will be shown in all their glory as they parade through
our South Gallery, where Mack Trucks are featured,” Merkel
Festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 17 with
a Go Green exhibit and presentation on Smart Cars conducted
by the Smart Alec Club of the Lehigh Valley from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. -- done in conjunction with Earth Day. The fun
continues with a History of the Ford Motor Company by John
Kostenbader of the Lehigh Valley Model A Club at 10:30 a.m.
and caps off with the Bull Dog Beauty Contest from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. children will be able to make their
own individual dirt cakes.
The museum is teaming up this year with the Art Museum
and DaVinci Center on the Go Green initiative to mark the
40th anniversary of Earth Day. Related activities will be
held at both institutions throughout the weekend.
America On Wheels opened in April 2008 as the cornerstone
of the City of Allentown’s redevelopment plans for the Lehigh
River waterfront between the Hamilton Street and Tilghman
Street bridges just off Front Street. Since the opening
it has drawn more than 41,000 visitors, including dignitaries
such as U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray
LaHood, U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, Italian automobile collector
Nichola Bulgari and famed Indy 500 racer Mario Andretti.
The anniversary weekend also marks one of the last opportunities
to view 11 unique vehicles in the “Imagineering At Its Best
– Cool, Crazy and Creative” custom and concept car exhibit.
The exhibit ends in late April and will be replaced with
a muscle car exhibit in early May.
Easily accessible to a half-dozen other renowned cultural
institutions in Allentown, AOW celebrates our nation’s love
affair with motorized and non-motorized over-the-road transportation
and its permanent exhibits range from the Nadig – one of
America’s first automobiles, produced in Allentown – to
the massive Mack Trucks that helped America become the most
powerful nation in the world. AOW also offers hands-on playtime
exhibits and learning centers for the children and a souvenir
shop for race fans and anyone with an affinity for our automotive
For More Information:
Linda Merkel - Executive Director
America On Wheels Museum
5 N. Front St. Allentown, PA