Members of the Mount Airy Downtown Business Association and the Mayberry Cruisers are eagerly preparing to kick off a season of cruising activities with the Mayberry Cruise-In set to begin at 4 p.m. Saturday.
DBA President Phil Marsh appeared hopeful participation would continue to increase this summer.
“This is the first one for the year for our group and the response to our cruise ins last year was very good,” commented Marsh. “In addition to cruising, music, food and shopping opportunities will also be offered on Main Street.” Marsh said music for the event will be provided by WSYD AM 1300 again this year and a variety of merchants will be open for cruise in participants.
“We are pleased more businesses will be open for the cruise in this year,” added Marsh. “WSYD has done a great job with these event for the last two years. This is the fourth year of the cruise ins. When you come to them there’s a solid line of traffic and I’ve seen lots of local people and some commissioners riding by to check it out. They really enjoy it. We’re getting more interest because for the last two months people have been calling me to register. It’s a good thing for local cruisers and the community.”
Marsh said the steady growth of participation and attendance in the cruise ins has been helped by repeat participants and said he often sees the exhibitors setting up chairs and talking with cruise-in onlookers.
“It’s something that brings the community together,” summarized Marsh. “We also want people to know we appreciate coming and visiting with us downtown.” He said the cruise ins were intended to be about fellowship and highlighting the downtown area from the very beginning. He said he has noticed more restored cars and trucks on local roads over the past several years.
“I believe people are getting back into it (restoring old cars for cruise ins) and enjoy it,” said Marsh. “I would like to say none of this would be possible without the support of the cruisers and their cars, local people and downtown businesses. We have several sponsors from the business community now getting involved and more people are getting involved now as well.” Other association cruise ins are set for July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21 and Oct. 19.
Hot Nights and Hot Cars Cruise-In
The Hot Nights and Hot Cars Cruise-In in Pilot Mountain continues on the first Saturday of each month through October, in downtown Pilot Mountain. Each show features a live band starting at 5:30 p.m. with the cruise-in officially starting at 3:30 p.m. A courtesy “park-and-ride” trolley service is provided from PART parking lots located behind RBC Centura Bank and the other beside Surrey Bank and Trust. Persons may obtain more information at www.hotnightshotcards.com.
Pilot Mountain Cruise-In Dates for Hot Nights and Hot Cars:
Aug. 3 – Band: Carolina Breakers
Sept. 7 – Band: Craig Woolard Band
Oct. 5 – Band: Holiday Band
Dobson Downtown Cruise-In
Dobson Downtown Cruise-In will continue on the second Saturday monthly through September. Automobiles from the muscle-car era, antique cars, hot rods, and modern high-performance cars are set to be on display in Dobson from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. Live music and DJs along with 50/50 drawings are held. Persons may get more information by calling call (336) 374-8590 or (336) 648-2309.
Dobson Cruise-In Dates:
Cruise Downtown Elkin
Cruising is back in Elkin for a second year. All proceeds from the events go to help raise money for restoring Reeves Theater. The cruise ins are set to be held on the fourth Saturday of the month through August, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Car enthusiasts may cruise downtown Elkin much like the scene was in the 1990s. Participants will drive a loop around downtown Elkin starting at Yadkin Valley General Store, going down Main Street towards the library, turning on Standard St. and then coming back to Main Street past Combs Butcher Shop. Each event includes live music and food. Interested persons may, visit http://www.facebook.com/CruiseDowntownElkin for more information.
Cruise Downtown Elkin Dates
Lambsburg Community Center Cruise-Ins
A unique alternative to some of the larger cruise ins in the area is regularly offered at the Lambsburg Community Center on third Saturdays of the month, (from July through September) being held between 5 p.m. and dark. The events feature live bands and food in addition to the cruise ins at the Lambsburg Community Center. There is no charge for admission. Food and fellowship are provided indoors at these cruise ins as well. Persons may obtain more information by calling Phillip Berrier at 336-648-2078 or visiting the web site www.lambsburgcommunitycenter.org.
Lambsburg Community Center Cruise-In dates:
The town of Hillsville, Va., continues and the Carroll Cruisers have announced a full slate of events for the Blue Ridge Summer Thunder series.
There is no admission fee for any downtown cruise in event and the cruise ins are open to all years of vehicles and motorcycles. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair and spend the evening in the historic downtown area. The events feature food, live music and the proceeds from 50/50 ticket sales benefit local charities. Donations of one dollar for a chance to win a classic car quilt are offered at every cruise in. The drawing for this is set for the Sept. 14 cruise in. Persons may visit www.carroll cruisers.com for details or call Dennis Ward or DeAnn Smith at 276-728-9181 for information.
A special cruise in in conjunction with the benefit Relay For Live will also be held July 26 at Carroll County High School starting at 6 p.m.
A charity poker run has been scheduled for Oct. 6 at VFW Post 1115 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Registration for this will begin at 1 p.m. It is sponsored by the Carroll Cruisers and Grayson National Bank. The run will end at Paul Goad’s for a meal and a tour of his classic car collection. Proceeds from poker runs benefit the American Cancer Society.
Blue Ridge Summer Thunder Cruise-In dates: