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Come check out all the cool stuff happening at the Old Sledworks Sled Fest in Duncannon PA this Saturday – RetroRoadhusband and I will be there, and a whole bunch more Retro Roadpals are planning on attending as well!

Duncannon Lightning Glider Sled Factory

I’m psyched to see some old and new Retro Roadfriends there – Wendy Vee from Roadside Wonders, Spencer Stewart the Diner Hunter, photographer Michael Stewart, and fellow FOW and diner fan Kyle Weaver (who will be signing copies of the new edition of Diners of Pennsylvania!

You can read all about the Sledfest event here on our post (vintage cars, flea market, collectibles, pin-up photography, live music- yowza!)

We’ll be there on the early side as RetroRoadhusband has a gig in NJ that night, so we’re getting there early-  we’ll be having fun and doing some vintage retro shopping but if you see us please say hi!

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20 years in the making – and RetroRoadmap will be there! Regular readers may recall our fun visit to the Old Sledworks Antiques in Duncannon PA (and lunch at The Red Rabbit Drive In up the road) and now we’re heading back there for a day of vintage retro fun on Saturday April 30th.

Saturday, April 30th. 10am-5pm
Outdoor block party including:

Event Co-sponsored by Retro Lovely Magazine. Meet Sleighmate winner Kelly Welsted from Buffalo, NY and watch her photoshoot for Retro Lovely Magazine, the hottest pinup mag on the planet!

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While driving down any roadside, a giant chicken will certainly make you stop and take notice, and indeed we did. And the cool thing about this one is if you have $1700 laying around, it can be yours!

Roadside Rooster
Proudly overlooking route 22 in Duncannon PA, this big bird is for sale at Farmer Boy Furniture. I immediately thought of the Fiberglass Rooster Conspiracy as outlined over at RoadsideGalore, and had to snap a photo to add to Fuzzy’s map of oversized broilers!

Nothing says “we’re on a road trip” more than seeing an oversized tacky animal when out for a drive!

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Located just a few miles from the Red Rabbit drive-in, The Old Sled Works in Duncannon PA is a perfect place to spend a vintage afternoon while digesting your bunny burger. Over 125 antique and craft dealers, an old time arcade and soda fountain, sled museum and more are housed in the factory building that once produced Lightning Glider sleds.
Lightning Glider Sled Factory

We loved looking around at all the cool old vintage and retro stuff, and no I don’t think I ever had the No Cal Shape!
Do You Have The No Cal Shape?

Retro Roadhusband enjoyed playing pinball in the vintage arcade, while I thrilled at all the old timey graphics, signs and ephemera.

At Jimmy’s Old-Time Arcade, we have over 50 classic electro-mechanical games from the 1920’s-1970’s that used to be common at sea-side resorts, amusement parks, boardwalk playlands and other roadside attractions. You’ll find vintage cranes, pinballs, shooting galleries, bowlers, movie machines, postcard vendors, etc. Some are even from famous locations like Coney Island and Palisades Park.

Vintage Arcade Old Sled Works

Unfortunately Jimmy’s Soda Fountain was closed when we were there, but it sure looked cool!
The Soda Fountain

This authentic 1950’s fountain was the last operating drugstore counter in Harrisburg, PA. From Bennett’s Rexall Pharmacy, it was moved in 1994 to the Old Sled Works where it comes alive most weekends. Select from a few food items and the best milkshakes and floats prepared using vintage equipment. When was the last time you had a real fountain soda? Enjoy your meal while watching several Philco Predicta TV’s usually showing The 3 Stooges.

I also was totally smitten with the petite vintage airstream trailer right next to Jimmy’s – and peering in the window made me want to live in it immediately.
Airstream Interior

Before leaving with your purchases, don’t forget to pick up a glass bottle of Catawissa soda / tonic. They are only 1 of 8 bottlers left in the US that still wash and reuse bottles. As the sign indicates, they use “orphan” bottles which are returnable bottles from defunct beverage companies. They also make Moxie – talk about a vintage beverage!

Catawissa Beverages Glass Bottles

You can also climb their forest fire tower for a beautiful view of the Susquehanna river. Formerly known as the Dauphin Water Gap Tower it was a fixture along Rout 22 west of Harrisburg for more than 50 years.
Climb To The Top
Closed and neglected for the past 30 years, this 110′ tower was right in the path of a highway project and was destined for the scrap yard, but the folks from the Old Sled Works moved it to their parking lot to the site in 1999 and refurbished it for visitors.

So if you want to check out some of the many wonderful things that made the past so swell, a visit to the Old Sled Works in Duncannon is certainly in order!

Old Sled Works
722 North Market Street
Duncannon, PA 17020-1716
(717) 834-9333

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It’s a perfect night / weekend for a retro road trip, and the Red Rabbit Drive-In is a drivin’ destination for sure!

Red Rabbit Duncannon PA Blink Lights For Service

Located in Duncannon, PA and opened on Mother’s Day of 1964 the restaurant is still family owned and operated by the daughter and son-in-law of the original owners. Only open Friday, Saturday and Sundays, Retro Roadhusband and I used it’s drive-in allure as an excuse for a roadtrip north of Harrisburg on a sunny Saturday.

Make The Red Rabbit a Habit
We weren’t the only ones who made the unexpectedly sharp right hand turn off the busy road into the parking lot that day, and because we had just spent a while in the car we declined the car hop service and opted to eat at one of the picnic tables under the overhangs.

We sat under the Bunnyburger side ( in the left of the above photo) and a friendly waitress came right over to hand us menus. Since I saw the Bunnyburger advertised, I ordered that, and Retro Roadhusband got the pork BBQ sandwich. Total bonus waitress points for her hearing us discuss sharing our sandwiches and offering to have them cut in half!

Red Rabbit Duncannon PA Split Meal

Many of the favorites on the menu have been there since opening day, and next time I’m going to have to order the “Perry County Half Chicken” just because of its band name – ladies and gentlemen, the Disjointed Half-Fryers!

Red Rabbit Duncannon PA Menu

I am a definite fan of the Bunnyburger which is a “Ground Beef Patty, Hickory Smoked Bacon, Melted Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Tomato Slices, Pickles, Onions and Our Own Sauce, served on a special seeded roll” – yummers! I’m told by WendyVee over at Roadside Wonders, that what makes their fries so tasty is “Bunny Dust” – go figure!

Retro Roadhusband has become very patient as he’s learned how much I like to photograph our food before we eat it, but this is what he’s really thinking:

Retro Roadhusband Eagerly Awaits Post Photo Food at Red Rabbit Drive In Duncannon PA

We were too full for the ice cream and treats that are also on the menu, but we did put a few quarters in the vintage pinball machines on the other side of the building.
Vintage Pinball Machines Red Rabbit Drive In Duncannon PA
And as you can see, Retro Roadtrip types come from all walks of life, as noted by this swanky Rolls Royce pulled up under the awnings.
Rolls Royce at Red Rabbit Duncannon PA
I don’t know if they have any Grey Poupon on the menu, but poppyseed rolls can be had for an additional 35 cents.

What I will say, is even if they’re only open 3 days a week, I can see why the Red Rabbit can become a habit!

Red Rabbit Drive-In
31 Grandview Drive
Duncannon, PA 17020
(717) 834-4696

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