In addition to cars with loud engines and sleek paint jobs, the monthly cruise-in scheduled for downtown Mount Airy this Saturday will have a patriotic flavor.
Each event in the series of Mayberry Cool Cars & Rods Cruise-ins, held on the third Saturday from June through October, is assigned a different theme, and Saturday’s gathering — scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. — is geared toward veterans.
“We decided to kind of extend the Fourth of July holiday for the rest of the month,” said Brack Llewellyn, one of the cruise-in organizers.
Given that the Independence Day period is a time for celebrating America’s freedom and the military members responsible for it, Saturday’s event on North Main Street offers another chance to be patriotic and say thanks.
“We’re encouraging folks to wear their red, white and blue,” Llewellyn said of those venturing downtown for the cruise-in — with owners bringing cars or trucks for display also urged to mount flags on the vehicles or other patriotic decorations.
He additionally hopes to recognize veterans or active military personnel in attendance, among both vehicle owners and the crowd at large.
“We would like to thank those folks, local veterans and any in attendance who have served in the armed forces,” explained Jennie Lowry, a member of the Cruise-In Committee for the Downtown Business Association, which sponsors the monthly events. Lowry also is a DJ at local radio station WSYD.
“We would love to recognize them — most veterans are so humble, and we would just like to show our appreciation in this small way,” she added regarding what cruise-in organizers hope to accomplish Saturday.
“We know that we have quite a few listeners to WSYD who have served, and due to the nature of radio, we may not have a face to put with the names, or they feel like they know us and we have never met them.”
Second in series
The 2017 edition of the Mayberry Cool Cars & Rods Cruise-ins got under way in June with a beach music-themed event.
Each cruise-in is a family oriented gathering featuring vintage cars, music, food, fellowship, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.
The format calls for the unique vehicles that owners bring for display to be parked along both sides of North Main Street in a manner that allows one lane of travel for cruising through the downtown area.
Downtown Business Association President Phil Marsh says more than 200 vehicles have been part of the monthly cruise-in at times, causing it to spill onto side streets including Moore Avenue and Franklin Street.
Visitors come from all over North Carolina in addition to Virginia.
Those with cars are asked to register at the Carlos Jones Blue Ridge Park gazebo on the corner of West Oak and North Main streets.
Plaques are awarded during each cruise-in for “Cool Ride of the Month” and “Ladies Choice.” Also this month, an award is to be given for “Best Race Car.”
For August, the cruise-in theme is “Be true to your school,” with those attending encouraged to bring non-perishable single-serve food items for local campus backpack programs.
September is to feature an “All Request” theme, with DJs from WSYD taking song requests from the 1950s through the 1980s.
October’s cruise-in will be dedicated to Halloween.
Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.