Volunteers are completing preparation for the 28th annual Midland Cruise ‘n Car Show Sept. 16-17.
The continuing downtown streetscape work led to these changes:
• The Cruise ‘n Car Show will be a Saturday and Sunday event instead of the traditional Friday and Saturday event.
• The car cruise parade and Cruisers Ball dance kicking off the entertainment will start earlier than in the past.
• Some changes will be made in the cruise route.
• Car and truck lovers will view the parked vehicles near Farmers Market instead of on Main Street.
The cruise parade, dance and informal display of parked cruisers will be Saturday, Sept. 16. Cars likely will start forming up near Farmers Market at 3 p.m. for the rescheduled 5 p.m. cruise.
Drivers will get cruise route maps near Farmers Market. A news release for spectators about the route is planned after the route is confirmed.
There’s no charge to be in the cruise or to watch it. Two “best cruiser” awards sponsored by the Great Lakes Loons will be presented at the Cruisers Ball.
The traditional after-cruise dance also is a free event. It will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Farmers Market, with oldies music by the Doo-Wop DJ’s.
Also at Farmers Market the next day — Sunday, Sept. 17 — will be the judged car show and more oldies music, Hula Hooping, dance routines and trivia contests by the Doo-Wop DJ’s. Show cars owners pay $ 10 to pre-register a vehicle before the Sunday event or $ 15 to register at the gate on Sunday.
The event’s planning committee of volunteers approved the scheduling and site changes because downtown streetscape work is expected to make enough Main Street parking spaces temporarily unavailable.
In past years about 200 cruisers and show vehicles have participated. The event has attracted hot rods, street machines, customs, antiques, trucks and motorcycles.
The Northern Star, a trackless train operated by Education & Training Connection, will be displayed Sunday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rides won’t be given, but children will be welcome to climb aboard.
Lou E. Loon, mascot of the Great Lakes Loons baseball team, is scheduled to be the cruise’s grand marshal.
For the Sunday car show, more than 80 merchants are sponsoring hand-crafted trophies to be awarded starting at about 3 p.m.
Trophies are awarded in such categories as convertible, custom, pro street, hot rod, truck, detailed vehicle, and various brands. Design of the trophies is different each year. Also different each year is Richard Beehr’s design of the event’s T-shirt and dash plaque.
On this year’s T-shirts — to be sold during the event — and dashboard plaques is Dave Vouaux’s 1940 Chevrolet pickup. The vehicle was named Best of Show last year.
The Best in Show vehicle’s owner receives a hand-crafted trophy, sponsored by Pizza Sam’s, and a getaway weekend for two at The H Hotel.
Again this year, a classic car cut out will be available for photo opportunities. Donations for those photo opportunities and for popcorn and bottled water will help Midland County Children’s Special Health Care Services provide unique equipment and services for chronically ill children.
Food vendors are scheduled to be on hand.
Richard Beehr and Renie Ker — two of the Cruise ‘n Car Show’s original planners — continue serving on the event’s planning committee of volunteers.
The event’s website is www.cruisencarshow.net, and a Facebook page is available at https://www.facebook.com/Cruise-N-Car-Show-Downtown-Midland-183276405067307/
Some of the many vehicles which have participated in the Midland Cruise ‘n Car Show are shown in a file photograph.
Due to downtown streetscape work, this year’s event will be Sept. 16-17 (a Saturday and Sunday) instead of the traditional Friday and Saturday event. Also, there are changes in the cruise time and route. And show vehicles will be parked near Farmers Market instead of on Main Street.