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Cruisin’ Tee Jaye’s and The North Hills Church

I finally got the chance to do one of the Tee Jaye's shows on Saturday.

The Cruisin' Tee Jaye's shows are held on the first Saturday of the month at the Tee Jaye's on Morse Road and the fourth Saturday of the month at the restaurant on West Broad Street across from Hollywood Casino.

I had tried to do the Morse Road show back in June but the event was canceled because of weather. Other than some warm temperatures, there were no weather issues on Saturday at the West Broad Street event.

The registration fee was $10. Door prize and 50/50 raffle tickets were also available to purchase. All proceeds from Saturday's show went to Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The restaurant set up a food tent in the parking lot that offered hot dogs, hamburgers, soda pop, and water. I was a little surprised to see the food tent close down before the end of the show. I had been talking to someone about his car and when the conversation finished I headed over to the tent to get a hot dog and something to drink. Much to my surprise, the food tent was gone! There was still an hour and a half left in the show. Oh well, that will teach me to wait to eat.

The Awards

The show presented 23 "Favorite" trophies and a Best of Show to the 33 cars that registered on Saturday.

Best of Show went to Chuck Kirk and his 1968 Chevy Nova.

North Hills Car & Bike Show

Normally I would have driven to Sunbury, Ohio and done the Sunbury Lions Country Cruise-in on Sunday. For some reason, I was really in the mood to see some different cars this weekend. So I headed in the opposite direction to the North Hills Church of God just outside Springfield, Ohio for its 4th Annual Car & Bike show.

I must say, the rolling hills of the country side surrounding the church is beautiful.

The main parking area for the show was the grass field in front of the church. The undulations in the field made for some interesting parking. It became important to have a properly working parking brake otherwise some drastic measures were required to prevent your car from potentially sliding down a hill.

Registration for the show was $10 and included a door prize ticket and a ticket to the driver's pot which was really just more door prizes. All proceeds went to benefit the youth of the church.

Music was provided by Dick "Hotdog" Ryman.

Members of the church grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and bratwursts. There wer also chips, corn on the cob, water and soda pop. Food cost was whatever you felt like donating.

Other activities included a bake sale, pie auction and 50/50 raffle.

The church registered 181 vehicles on Sunday. Unfortunately, the judging was the dreaded participant judging. In other words, everyone who registered a car voted for their favorite vehicles.

There were a few things that helped make the participant judging a little fairer. First, there was only one ballot per vehicle and the ballot had your car number on it. Second, you couldn't vote for your own car or truck. If you did, your entire ballot would be null and void. And third, the ballots could not be turned in until after registration closed.

Each ballot contained six "Favorite" car/truck choices, most original, best custom, best 2000 and newer, best truck, and two "Favorite" bike picks. In addition there was a Pastor's Choice, Cooks Choice, Ladies Choice, Kids Choice, Furthest Traveled, and Best of Show awards.

The Awards

The church presented Top 25 plaques, Top 5 bike plaques, a Bike Best of Show and awards for the special categories listed above. The overall Best of Show winner received a custom made trophy over 5 ft tall.

Top Bikes

Bike Best of Show

Best Truck

Best 2000 and Newer

Most Original

Best Custom

Kids Choice

Pastor's Choice

Ladies Choice

Cooks Choice

Furthest Traveled

Top 25 Sampling

Best of Show
1967 Chevy Chevelle SS
Owner: Russ Annis

Final Thoughts

A line of thunderstorms was bearing down on area right at the time of the awards ceremony so things got a little chaotic at the end.

I give the show an overall grade of A. It had a reasonable registration fee, good food at a fair price, nice door prizes, good music (although Hotdog Ryman could do a little less talking over the music) and descent trophies.

Despite the participant judging, which you know I hate, I'd go back next year. The other aspects of the show far outweigh the judging. I'd just make sure I went with a group of friends.

Area Cruise-ins Finish Strong

The Polaris Hilton and Der Dutchman cruise-ins finished the season on a strong note.

By my "unofficial" count the Hilton had more the 80 cars turn out for its final cruise-in of the season. I received another report that the count was well over 100.

The $2 hot dogs were a big hit. I told Chad Schirtzinger he should consider offering $2 hot dogs at every cruise-in next year as a way to grow attendance.

There was also cake to celebrate Larry Walters 70th birthday to go along with the hot dogs.

Thursday's attendance at the final Der Dutchman was 219 vehicles. Nineteen were first time participants.

The cars from the Rolls Royce and Bentley Club were a big hit

This was just the second cruise-in Wayne and Luella Nisly missed. Unfortunately, they were attending a family funeral in Kansas on Thursday.

The end of the season banquet is this coming Thursday. It was announced that more than 200 people have signed up for the banquet. It should be a lot of fun.

I'm sad to see these two cruise-ins end. Looks like my Tuesday and Thursday evenings will be free until next May.

4 thoughts on “Cruisin’ Tee Jaye’s and The North Hills Church

  1. Emily Jenkins

    Just FYI, most original was Bennie Jenkins. Thank you for your coverage.

    1. Kim Hawksworth

      Thanks Emily, I corrected the name. I didn't get of photo of the windshield placard and relied on the recording I took of the award presentation. It sounded like Denny Denkins on the recording.

  2. Larry

    Hi Kim, Great coverage of the last weekend shows, and congrats on your much deserved award at the North Hills show ! The ZL1 looks great as allways . I didn't attend any shows here over the weekend as i traveled to Somerset,Ky to their monthly Somernites cruise .was awsome show but man was it Hot there saturday ! Going to try to attend Zoo show sunday as the weather promises to be cooler.. Hope to see you there, Larry

    1. Kim Hawksworth

      Hi Larry, Thanks for the nice compliment regarding this week's report and my car. I've heard good things about the Somernites cruise. Sounds like you can back up that good reputation first hand. The humidity was terrible on Sunday at the North Hills show. Even though the parking area was a little rough, I'm glad it was on grass instead of asphalt. That would have made things far worse. I'm also planning to attend the Zoo show this weekend. I'll be sure to stop by and say hi.

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