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The Central Ohio weather this past weekend turned out to be a nightmare for car shows. The steady rain on Friday postponed Jack Maxton's Friday Night Cruisin' until the following Friday (7/27).  This is only the second time I can remember a Maxton show being postponed.

The weather also postponed the Vanity Wheels and Heels show scheduled on Saturday. That show has been rescheduled  for the following week (7/28).   And finally, the Marengo, Ohio Christian Church postpone their Son Shine show on Sunday. A new date has yet to be determined.

THE SHOWS THAT BRAVED THE WEATHER

Those shows that did take place as scheduled saw their attendance take a beating.  Most notable was the Performance Classic Car Show (formerly Blast from the Past) in downtown Delaware, Ohio.  I received reports that attendance was well under 200 cars.   Compare that to last year's attendance of more than 450 vehicles.

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Participants of Saturday evening's Cruisin' with King car show at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio  watched as thunderstorms skirted around the area. Lightning and thunder could be seen and heard north and east of the restaurant, but luckily only a few light sprinkles fell on the cars.

The unusually warm temperatures and the threat of storms kept attendance down to 58 registered vehicles for this month's show. More cars showed up during the evening but chose not register. This is always puzzling since registration is free.

You can count on some unusual and unique vehicles to show up at a Cruisin' with the King show. This month Nathan Zuver brought his 1949 Crosley Sedan. The Crosley was manufactured in Marion, Indiana from 1939 to 1952.

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Saturday evening the Mid Ohio Cruisers hosted their April Cruisin' with the King at the Marysville, Ohio Burger King.

A steady Northeast wind quickly turned fairly comfortable temperatures at the start of the show into an April chill by the end.  It got cold enough to break out the gloves.  A number of participants couldn't take it and left early.  Fortunately, the club recognized the uncomfortable conditions and presented the awards 30 minutes early so everyone could go home and warm up.

A total of 50 cars registered for this month's show.  Per usual, a fair number of cars showed up but didn't register.  I'm always a little puzzled by this since registration is free.

Along with free registration, the show offers door prizes, 50/50 raffle and 10 "Favorite" awards.

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The Mid Ohio Cruisers kicked off the 2018 car show season on Saturday with their annual Snow Ball Cruise-In at the Burger King restaurant in Marysville, Ohio.

Much better weather last year saw 20 vehicles show up for the cruise-in.  Snow fall earlier in the week made road conditions for this year's cruise-in less than ideal and forced many to keep their cars in winter hibernation.  Only nine vehicles, mostly rat rods, braved the messy roads and registered for the show.

Despite the road conditions, the Snow Ball Cruise-In provided an excellent opportunity for a mid- winter "get together". The Burger King dining area was packed wall to wall with car enthusiasts. The crowd had good representation from the Rod Knockers Club of Marion, Ohio and the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, Ohio.

Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle were offered along with  trophies for three "Favorite" vehicles selected by the members of the Mid Ohio Cruisers.

Here are this year's trophies winners:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers will begin their monthly cruise-in schedule for 2018 on April 21.  For those of you who may not know, the cruise-ins are held on the third Saturday of the month from 6-9 PM, April through October at the Marysville, Ohio Burger King. Registration is free and open to all makes, models and years.  So mark your calendars, it's a great way to spend a Saturday evening.

Editors Note: I was unable to attend this year's cruise-in due to a death in the family.  A special shout out goes to my good friends Jeff Shankle and Frank Sanborn for their on-site reporting in my absence.

The Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride 2017 Tour made a stop on Saturday at Cruisin Classics Auto Sales for their 11th show of the season.

Despite the extremely warm temperatures, 76 vehicles turned out for the show.

Dan "Boots" Longenette and the Auto Smarts team in conjunction with Crusin Classics raised more than a $1000 for the USO. Great job!

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The Mid Ohio Cruisers held their April cruise-in Saturday evening.

For those of you who don't know, the club hosts a cruise-in the third Saturday of the month from April through October at the Burger King in Marysville, Ohio.  They also put on a  "Snow Ball" Cruise-in the third Saturday in January for those of us that need a "car show fix" in the dead of winter.

The monthly cruise-ins feature door prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and music from the 50's and 60's. Ten awards are presented to the favorite cars and trucks picked by the club members.  Best of all, there is no charge for registration. Read more

The Mid Ohio Cruisers will be holding their annual Snow Ball Cruise-in at the Marysville Burger King located at US 33/36 this Saturday,  January 21, 2017, from 2-4 pm.

Saturday's forecast is calling for cloudy skies with highs in the upper 50's.  The unusually balmy weather should bring out a few more cars than normal for this event.

I've been to multiple monthly cruise-ins hosted by the Mid Ohio Cruisers, however, this will be my first snow ball cruise-in.  If it holds true to the monthly shows, there will be music from the 50's and 60's, door prizes, 50/50 drawing and 10 awards. Registration is free.

Dress warm and expect a crowded dining area. Hope to see you Saturday.