Here are the car events for the first week and weekend of July. Even though there is no Champaign Cruisers Firecracker or Union County Fairground shows this year, there are still plenty of events scheduled for July 4th.
Last week there were several last-minute cancellations and location changes. I try to update the list as soon as I know about any changes, however, it's always a good idea to contact the organizers to confirm the event is still on before heading out.
News and Notes:
The second week of the Der Dutchman Cruise-In turned out to be a big one. More than 200 cars showed up for what turned out to be a beautiful Thursday evening weather-wise. Starting this week, I believe the restaurant is going to start selling ice cream and soft drinks at the cruise-in.
The inaugural Grace Chapel Wednesday Night Cruise-in attracted about 20 cars. Just like the Hilton Cruise-In last year, it was after 6 pm when the majority of cars arrived. Chad Schirtziner is working to get a food truck on the premises each week.
Two big events, Cruise the Ville and Vettes, Rods, And Classics at Creekside, were canceled last week. Fortunately, there were twice as many new events anounced. To see the most complete list of future Central Ohio shows and cruise-in, logon to the Save the Dates for 2020 page.
BREAKING NEWS: Dan "Boots" Longenette and Pepsi's Auto Smarts Radio have released their 2020 Cruise and Ride schedule. I will be adding these events to the Save the Dates page.
Here's the list of car events for this weekend in Central Ohio.
I reached out to the Mid Ohio and C-Town Cruisers regarding the status of their events. I haven't heard anything back from either club as of this posting. I did hear it from a friend who heard from another friend that the Mid Ohio Cruisers were planning to have another cruise this month instead of a show. I don't have any info on the cruise other then it will take place Saturday evening (Click the Mid Ohio Cruisers link below for cruise info).
UPDATE: The C-Town Cruiser events for this weekend have been canceled.
I contacted the folks at Geer Gas on Monday. Their show is still on for Saturday but it will be a food drive car show. They are sending me a new flyer on Tuesday. UPDATE:The Geer Gas show has been rescheduled to May 23.
An old wheelbarrow became a makeshift fire pit Friday evening to keep the 17 car and truck owners that turned out for the final Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio from freezing to death.
By the end of the show, temperatures had fallen into the mid to low 20's. Thank goodness there wasn't much wind or the evening would have been really brutal.
For this final show of the season, six awards were presented.
Well, everyone, the time has finally come. This will be the last Upcoming Events post for 2019. These are the last outdoor events in Central Ohio for this season.
I plan to post a new "Save the Dates" page for 2020 sometime in January or February once more shows pop up on the schedule. The weekly upcoming events will return next April.
Please stay tuned for my annual The Good, The Bad and The Ugly post which will recap the 2019 season. I'll rank the best shows, best cars, best food and some of the uglier things that happened from the shows and cruise-ins I attended this year. I hope to have it up on the site the week of November 18 - 22.
One last thing to note is the November Springfield Swap Meet & Car Show only holds the car show event on Saturday. Don't go over Friday looking to show your vehicle. It's a swap meet only that day.
Steady rain all day Saturday postponed one area show and washed out two others. Luckily the showers moved out the area in time for the American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 Trunk or Treat Cruise-in on Sunday.
The event hosted by the C-Town Cruisers was held at the American Legion Canteen Southway Post 144 on South High Street in Columbus, Ohio. Along with the cars, the show featured a kid's Halloween party and hayride.
The food special inside the American Legion Canteen included a pulled pork sandwich, potato salad, macaroni and cheese, green beans and piece of cake all for $8.00.
For the first time this season, no new events have been added to the Save the Dates Part Two page. I think all the shows and cruise-ins for the remainder of the season have finally been announced.
Quick Reminder: This Thursday Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio is trying to set a record of 300 cars at their cruise-in! If you're not doing anything that evening, bring your car out to Der Dutchman and be part of a record.
Cruisin' Wednesdays at Wendell's Pub - Westerville
The C-Town Cruisers hosted their annual Independence Day car show on Thursday at the American Legion Southway Post 144 in Columbus, Ohio.
The past two years I've driven to Skelly Lumber in Urbana, Ohio to participate in the Champaign Cruisers Car Club annual Firecracker Car, Truck and Bike show. This year, however, I decided to stay a little closer to home.
It also helped my decision about which show to do that the C-Town Cruisers planned to present awards between 2:30 - 3:00 PM. All the other shows advertised awards at 5:00 PM. The thoughts of spending all afternoon in July's heat and humidity did not have much of an appeal to me.
The show registered a total of 36 vehicles. I figured the number would be closer to 50 cars based on the Veterans Day show last November. I guess heat and humidity are a bigger deterrent to car show participation than cold and salt.
Inside, members of American Legion Post 144 put together a very nice potluck for the cruisers. Cost was based on whatever you felt like donating. There were hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta and potato salad, chips, and plenty of deserts.
Just like the Veterans Day show, the C-Town Cruisers created custom trophies to celebrate our great country's birthday. The trophies included 25 "Favorite" and a "Best of Cruise".
Cold temperatures and areas of Central Ohio with salt on the roads did not stop 59 cars from participating in the Veterans Day Car Show at the American Legion Southway Post 144 on Sunday.
This was Big Dawg and the C-Town Cruisers last show for 2018.
Big Dawg told me the Cruisers already have 19 events lined up for next year including the Reynoldsburg Tomato Festival. This is a good sign that 2019 will be another big year for car events in Central Ohio.