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Herkimer BOCES car/motorcycle show raises more than $3,200 for students to participate in SkillsUSA events

July 9, 2018




A couple stands by their classic vehicle during the Cruise-In


George and Rebecca Dieffenbacher, of Salisbury, pose with their 1930 Ford Model T Coupe during the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Cruise-In Bike Night & Chicken BBQ on June 14 at Herkimer BOCES. The event raised more than $3,200 for the Herkimer BOCES chapter of SkillsUSA.





HERKIMER – East Herkimer resident Ken Pokorny brought his 1964 Ford Custom to the recent Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Cruise-In Bike Night & Chicken BBQ and enjoyed the variety of vehicles, the setting, the food and the fact that it supports student activities.

“It’s a good event,” he said. “It’s for a good cause.”

The annual Herkimer BOCES Cruise-In Bike Night & Chicken BBQ on June 14 raised more than $3,200 to help students in the Herkimer BOCES chapter of SkillsUSA attend regional, state and potentially national conferences. At the conferences, students can put to use the career and technical education skills they learn at BOCES by competing against peers from other schools.

SkillsUSA, which is a national organization for students who are enrolled in technical or trade programs, aims to help students develop leadership abilities through participation in educational, occupational, civic, recreational and social activities.

Bill and Chris Schwerdt, of Frankfort, brought a 1956 Chevrolet pickup truck to the Cruise-In and said they enjoy the event and that it supports SkillsUSA students.

“It’s a good thing,” Bill Schwerdt said.

George and Rebecca Dieffenbacher, of Salisbury, attended the Cruise-In with their 1930 Ford Model T Coupe. When George Dieffenbacher asked more details about the SkillsUSA events the Cruise-In supports, he celebrated when he found out that many of the competitions allow students to practice their trade industry skills.

“It’s always good to be able to support students,” he said, noting that he worked in trades for about 30 years. “We need tradesmen.”

The Cruise-In brings out various type of cars and motorcycles, George Dieffenbacher said.

“You get the old cars and the really new ones,” he said. “We come every year. We wouldn’t miss it. We enjoy it.”




A couple stands by their class light blue pickup truck at the Cruise-In


Bill and Chris Schwerdt, of Frankfort, pose with their 1956 Chevrolet pickup truck during the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES Cruise-In Bike Night & Chicken BBQ on June 14 at Herkimer BOCES. The event raised more than $3,200 for the Herkimer BOCES chapter of SkillsUSA.