Rock N Show event draws crowd

JOHNSTOWN – Despite the rain, people of all ages came out to support the third annual Rock N Show for Cancer event at the Johnstown Area Community Center on Saturday afternoon.

A variety of vendors were on hand, food was available and kids were able to play air hockey and foosball inside as the showers picked up. Raffles were also being held for gift certificates that were donated for the event. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office was on hand as part of its Safe Child Program.

Colleen Rumrill organizes the event each year, with the proceeds going toward Relay for Life.

Rumrill will be walking in the Relay for Life in June. She raised $348.25 before the Rock N Show, and said she hopes to raise $500 in total before the Relay event.

She said she got involved with the organization because of close connections to cancer, including the loss of her father to the disease.

“I myself am a survivor [of cancer],” Rumrill said. “We’ve lost too many people to [cancer].”

Rumrill said everything for the event is sponsored or donated by area businesses and organizations, including the Johnstown Area Community Center itself.

Relay for Life is an annual event that helps raise money for the American Cancer Society through an all-night walk that teams take part in.

About a dozen modern and vintage show cars were lined up outside the building for event participants to check out. Each vehicle’s owner paid a fee to enter, with the money going to Relay for Life, Rumrill said.

During the event, trophies were given out for best car in show.

Ron Blinsinger was wiping down his 1979 Chevrolet Corvette after yet another rain fall, but said he didn’t mind having to do the little bit of extra work, if it meant helping out.

Blinsinger said he would have thought twice about coming out for any other car show, but gave no second thought to coming to an event that was helping raise money for cancer research.

“It was for a good cause,” Blinsinger said.

Bill Schwabrow arrived with his 1956 Mercury, after being told about the event from a friend. Schwabrow said it made him feel good to help out with an event like Rock N Show. He said it was also wonderful of Rumrill to put on the event.

“It’s very nice of her to do this,” Schwabrow said.

Local Relay for Life events will take place June 6 at both the Park Terrace Elementary School in Gloversville and at Amsterdam High School. More information on the Relay for Life event can be found at relayforlife.org.