The North end of Main Street in Warrensburg buzzed with activity yesterday evening, Sept. 12, as a crowd of more than 100 gathered for the first Warrensburg Car Hop. The 50s-themed event featured vintage cars, hefty burgers (served curbside), music, vendors, raffles and the arrest of a renowned bootlegger by fedora-wearing law officers.
The event was sponsored by the Greater Warrensburg Business Alliance, an organization formed this spring to promote local commerce. The parking lot of Luck-E-Star Café was converted to an outdoor dining area where volunteer waitresses served up baskets of burgers, fries and loaded Luck-E-Dogs.
To link the Warrensburg Car Hop with Chestertown’s Rum Runner’s Weekend, organizers staged the arrest of bootlegger Wesley, who had been evading the law since alcohol regulators thwarted his moonshine run through the town decades earlier.
According to legend, Wesley and his gal Giselle were carrying illegal moonshine, brought down from Canada, when they were ambushed by Sheriff Dave at Devil Kitchen, a narrow section of road between Chestertown and Warrensburg. Giselle was captured, but Wesley escaped into the night, returning to town only once a year to meet Giselle at the Luck-E-Star.
Organizers plan to make the event an annual affair. Money raised will fund future Alliance events and activities.