Neighbors turn yards into parking lots for Spring Carlisle visitors

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Every year thousands of people from all over the world come to Cumberland County for Spring Carlisle. Where do all those people park? Many of them find a spot in neighbors’ yards.

People who live near the Carlisle Fairgrounds and Expo Center offer their lawns as parking lots.

“Oh, I’d say at one time 15 or 20 at the most,” said Harold Stum, who’s been parking cars for 27 years. “Most all of them are regular. They’ve been here a long time, most of them.”

People like Lou Principe of New Jersey.

“Well, like I said, very close, easy to walk to,” Principe said. “Very reasonable. Charges $5. Never raised it anytime. He’s a great guy. No problem. He’s nice to deal with.”

Stum is not in the car parking business for the money.

“Just to meet people, that’s it mostly,” Stum said. “I don’t make a lot of money; a big day like this maybe $50, $75 maybe. That’s a big day.”

Next door, Fred Killinger parks cars, too. He’s not afraid to admit he likes the money.

“The extra cash comes in handy,” Killinger said, “especially when they keep reducing my taxes, which never have gotten reduced yet.”

It’s not an easy job, but the generous neighbors do it anyway.

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