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The Saturday morning cruise-in at the Richwood Bank in Delaware, Ohio had such a good turn out that parking had to be extended to the grass areas surrounding the bank.  The bi-monthly cruise-in saw more than 43 cars and trucks drop in during the three-hour event.

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The Giant Eagle store at Grandview Yard was the site of the third annual Jim Young Memorial Car Show benefiting the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

Attendance for the show has steadily increased each year from a first year total of 35 cars to this year's record attendance of 102 vehicles.

Donations were accepted in place of a set registration fee.  The show also included a bounce house, kid games, raffle prizes, 50/50 drawing, and baked goods. You could even paint a Volkswagen Beetle.

Live entertainment was provided by the Revelators.  This band only plays for charity events.  I've got to say it was refreshing to hear something other than 50's and 60's music for five hours.

The event was well-organized.  Volunteers helped park cars as the parking spaces started to fill up.  There was plenty of food and drink options available at the Giant Eagle.  Which, by the way, is one of the largest grocery stores I've had the pleasure to shop in.

 

 

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You couldn't ask for better weather to kick off the first Der Dutchman cruise-in of the season. The restaurant in Plain City, Ohio registered 90 vehicles during the evening.  Of the 90 that registered, 20 were participating in the cruise-in for the very first time.
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Scattered showers played havoc with this week's car shows.  On Friday, the Auto Smarts Cruise and Ride at Tin Pan Alley in Hilliard, Ohio had only 17 cars register for the show.  Cruisin' with the King in Marysville, Ohio didn't do much better on Saturday evening with just 16 registered cars.

I had planned to do the Meet to Beat Leukemia car show at Columbus State on Saturday afternoon and Cruisin' with the King Saturday evening, but showers right as I was ready to leave for both shows killed those plans.

Luckily, the weather gave us a break from the showers on Sunday so the whole weekend wasn't a complete wash out (no pun intended).

 

4TH ANNUAL ARMED FORCES DAY CAR SHOW

The Empty Pockets Cruisers' made a wise decision on Friday to move their Armed Forces Day Car Show at the VFW Post 4931 in Hilliard, Ohio from Saturday to Sunday.  As it turned out, Sunday's weather was near perfect for a car show.

 

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Despite a forecast of rain and storms, I managed to make it to three events over the weekend, one as a spectator and two as a participant. Best of all, not one drop of rain fell on my head.

Wholly Joe's Summer Cruise Nights

I started the weekend with a visit to Lewis Center, Ohio on Thursday evening for week two of Wholly Joe's Summer Cruise Nights.More than thirty cars showed up during the hour I was there. Because of the limited parking, the cruise-in is reserved for vehicles 25 years and older.

One of the vehicles to show up this week was this awesome Chevrolet Thriftmaster pick up. The truck was absolutely pristine!

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The Rod Knockers Car Club registered more than 100 vehicles for their May show at the Rural King in Marion, Ohio.

As always, the show attracts a lot of great vehicles from around the area.  There's always good participation from the Marysville, Delaware and, of course, Marion areas.

One thing I love about going to car shows is discovering something different and unique. This month it was a 1978 Cadillac "flower" car.At first, I thought the car had been modified by the owner but later was told there are several aftermarket companies that purchase factory vehicles and modify them to be used to transport flowers for funeral services.

I got a kick out of seeing a drain in the back of flower bed.

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The last weekend of April didn't have very many shows on the schedule.  All the shows scheduled took place on Sunday.  Here are reports and photos from two of those shows.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS

I spent Sunday afternoon at Elgin High School outside Marion, Ohio.  The Elgin Music Boosters held their annual classic car show to raise money for the music programs at the high school.

This was my third year in a row attending the show. It's a fun 45 minute drive up the back roads from northwest Columbus to the high school.

This year there were 71 registered vehicles down a bit from the 77 that registered last year.

The show included door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and vendors inside the school selling mostly craft items.  Everyone that registered a vehicle was automatically entered to win a California Car Cover. To also help raise money, the music boosters sold hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwursts cooked on the grill. Music was provided by DJ Codi Kitts along with the various music programs at the high school.

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Jack Maxton's Friday Night Cruisin' flyer just arrived in the mail.

Of note are three new music acts for this year.

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Friday evening the Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio had the best turn out for its monthly show.

Almost perfect weather and a pent-up demand for a car show following what seems like the longest winter in history saw 28 cars and trucks spend an evening in Marysville.

Jeff Shankle, owner of Creative Towing and host of the show, has a goal of reaching 50 vehicles by the end of the season.

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The Rod Knockers Car Club of Marion, Ohio and the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride have announced their car show dates for 2018.