Heart of Danville hosting Classic Car Cruise-In

September 30, 2004|KATIE McBRIDE

Classic cars from across the state will roll into downtown this weekend as the Heart of Danville hosts its second annual Classic Car Cruise-In.

The event will be from 5-8 p.m. Saturday on Main Street between Fourth and Second, with an anticipated 300-400 classic cars lined up along Third. Businesses and restaurants will stay open throughout the event.

Organizers said last year's cruise-in received an excellent turnout, bringing families and businesses together downtown. An even larger turnout is expected this year.

"We hope for good participation, plus we encourage local people to come and take a look at the cars and enjoy the entertainment," said Martha McCloud, chairwoman. "We hope to make this an annual event. It was lots of fun last year."


Many vendors and organizations will set up booths for shopping and eating. Cruise-in T-shirts will be available to purchase. A disc jockey will set up in front of Farmers National Bank, and there will be a 50/50 split-the-pot giveaway, paddle car racing, hula-hoop contests and more.

Local car clubs assist with the event. The Old School Cruisers and Bluegrass Cruisers help advertise and organize cars once they arrive.

Don Smith, president of the Old School Cruisers, said the 30-member club has a cruise-in the third Saturday of every month in Harrodsburg. It is a "completely family-oriented thing," Smith said. The Old School Cruisers are located in Mercer County but travel and visit other clubs throughout the area in Frankfort, Stanford and Lawrenceburg.

The Bluegrass Cruisers of Boyle County meet the first Saturday of every month to display their vehicles at Wal-Mart. "The national club has been around for 10 years," Jeff Quiggle said. The 24 members, ranging from teenagers to the elderly, also participate in Relay for Life each year in Harrodsburg.

The cruise-in is an example of the Heart of Danville Main Street Program's efforts to bring more business and activity downtown.

Oct. 9 is the scheduled rain date.

The event is sponsored by Bob Allen Motor Mall, Farmers National Bank, Little Caesar's Pizza, Heritage Community Bank and Stuart Powell Ford.

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