Downtown Mount Airy will host its final cruise-in of the season Saturday when ghoulish sights likely will be submitted for the public’s approval along with the unique vehicles normally on display.
Although Halloween doesn’t officially occur until Oct. 31, it is the theme of Saturday’s cruise-in scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m., the last in a series of five scheduled on the third Saturday of every month beginning in June.
Each event in the Mayberry Cool Cars & Rods Cruise-In series has a different concept, and the Halloween cruise-in held every October tends to be one of the most popular.
Some owners of the muscle cars, vintage vehicles, street rods and sports cars and make the most of the occasion by decorating them for the holiday.
Last year, for example, at a spot in front of a downtown antique mall, a Dodge high-performance car was covered in cobwebs with its hood secured by a chain that seemingly was borrowed from a dungeon.
At another location near North Main Street’s intersection with Moore Avenue, a zombie-like character with rotting skin and a corncob pipe clenched in its teeth sat in a Shelby sports car. A drive-in serving tray was perched on the window, containing what appeared to be a couple of brains, a severed hand with the bone protruding out and a bottle of Texas Pete hot sauce.
Meanwhile, a shiny black 2004 Ford Mustang was parked nearby with a skeletal figure behind the wheel.
Along with cars bearing various Halloween adornments, some of those attending last year’s October cruise-in came in costume.
Organizers of the cruise-in series sponsored by the Downton Business Association want to see more of the same this Saturday.
“WSYD is going to have a lot of cool Halloween pop music to play, and we also invite folks to come in costume if they like,” the DBA’s Jennie Lowry mentioned Thursday. A DJ booth that provides music for every cruise-in offers an array of songs in keeping with the theme of each.
“Many of the drivers usually decorate their classic cars for Halloween as well,” Lowry added in reflecting what occurred last year, for example.
Awards will be given for Cool Ride of the Month, Ladies Choice and Best Vintage Truck.
Under the cruise-in format, the unique vehicles are parked along both sides of North Main Street in a manner that allows one lane of travel for cruising through the downtown area. Also, cars are displayed along adjoining streets.
By all accounts, the Mayberry Cool Cars & Rods Cruise-In series has become increasingly popular since being launched several years ago.
Participation for the September cruise-in broke a record with more than 600 vehicles involved, Some owners arrived as early as 6 a.m. to secure choice spots.
A number of factors have contributed to the popularity, including word-of-mouth exposure with more and more people becoming aware of the Mount Airy cruise-ins.
“Thankfully, we have had great weather for all the 2017 cruise-ins, which has undoubtedly helped attendance this season,” Lowry remarked regarding another.
That is expected to be the case again Saturday with sunny skies and highs in the mid-70s expected.
“We’re excited to see folks come out for this month’s event,” Lowry added in looking ahead, ”and really appreciate all the volunteers and sponsors that make the event possible.”
Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.