Cruise-ins held monthly in downtown Mount Airy not only provide the chance to see fine examples of automotive technology up close and participate in an increasingly popular social event locally, but also aid worthy causes.
That will be the case for the August entry of the Mayberry Cool Cars & Rods Cruise-In series Saturday, which will be coupled with a food drive to aid local students.
The theme for the cruise-in is “Be true to your school,” which stresses campus pride as well as the need to give of oneself in the spirit of the old alma mater — including helping class members presently in need.
“With school starting very soon, we thought this might be a nice thing for the month of August,” Brack Llewellyn, an organizer of the cruise-in series sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, said of the food-collection component.
Single-serve foods wanted
The series started in June and runs through October.
Saturday’s event is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. If past cruise-ins are any indication, North Main Street downtown will be begin filling well before then with unique rides of every description — vintage vehicles, muscle cars and others — and crowds anxious to talk about those displayed.
Event organizers are asking everyone who attends — including drivers, whom Llewellyn describes as “very generous,” and fans — to bring donations of non-perishable single-serve food items for local campus backpack programs, as opposed to large canned products.
The foods can be taken to the gazebo of Carlos Jones Blue Ridge Park at the corner of North Main and West Oak streets, which serves as a home base for the monthly cruise-ins, including DJs who provide music geared to the theme of each.
“If they don’t want to bring food items, they can make a cash donation,” Llewellyn said of those attending Saturday’s event. Contributions also can be left with Downtown Business Association official Jennie Lowry at Olde Mill Music or mailed to the association at 182 N. Main St.
All proceeds from the cruise-in food drive will be split between Flat Rock Elementary School and the Hungry Bears program of Mount Airy City Schools to aid students.
School pride encouraged
Also in keeping with Saturday’s cruise-in theme of “Be true to your school” — which Llewellyn says is based on a song by The Beach Boys — those attending are urged to make DJ requests to play favorite songs from their school days.
They further are encouraged to display the colors of their respective campuses. “Maybe they’ve got a letter jacket left over from those days,” Llewellyn said.
While the emphasis Saturday will be on collecting food for local students — along with school pride, highlighting spectacular vehicles and entertaining the crowd with music — the cruise-in will feature usual activities including a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.
Plaques also are awarded during each cruise-in for “Cool Ride of the Month” and “Ladies Choice.”
Under the cruise-in format, the unique vehicles owners bring for display are parked along both sides of North Main Street in a manner that allows one lane of travel for cruising through the downtown area.
Llewellyn praised Downtown Business Association President Phil Marsh, along with Lowry, for working hard to promote the growing cruise-in series that is attended by car enthusiasts from throughout North Carolina and Virginia.
“It’s a very popular thing to do.”
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