YORK — “Come back and see us,” reads the YORK welcome sign on the county fairgrounds.
The Wild Hawgs Motorcycle Club is revved up to make sure that by the time of the 2010 York County Fair or Yorkfest, the large sign on north Lincoln Avenue will be worth seeing.
After years of neglect, the sign will undergo a complete refurbishing this spring. The sign will be painted, the electrical and lighting updated, and the marquee upgraded.
Hawgs rider Mike Steube said, “We just wanted to give something back to the community.”
York’s Wild Hawgs, Steube said, bear a strong resemblance to the middle-aged bikers depicted in the 2007 movie “Wild Hogs.”
They love York and they like to ride, and every time they rode past the YORK sign, it stuck out like a sore thumb. When they looked around for a community service project, the YORK sign seemed a natural.
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Wild Hawgs president Alan Pieper said of the sign, “It’s in sad shape. It doesn’t represent our community very well as it is.”
The sign had its start advertising the York Theater, an old vaudeville house which was located at 718 Lincoln Ave. Sometime in the 1960s, after the theater closed, the sign came into the possession of the York Chamber of Commerce and was moved to the fairgrounds.
Todd Kirshenbaum, the Chamber’s executive director, said that the Chamber never really had a budget for maintaining the sign. The project was last undertaken by the York Rotary Club in 1995.
Kirshenbaum said, “We are thrilled that the Hawgs took this on. They’ve been tremendous to work with.”
Pieper said the estimated the cost of refurbishing the sign is $8,000 to $10,000.
The Wild Hawgs started their fundraising for the sign project with a raffle at last year’s Yorkfest. They’re sending out an S.O.S. (“Save Our Sign”) again later this month, with a freewill donation breakfast and lunch in the 4H Building at the York County Fairgrounds.
On Sunday, March 21, biscuits and gravy, with cinnamon rolls, coffee and juice, will be served starting at 8 a.m. For those who prefer lunch, barbecue sandwiches with baked beans, coffee and dessert will be served starting at 11:30 a.m.