My father was back in the hospital this past week so for the first time since Memorial Day weekend, I didn't make it to any car shows.
I did, however, manage to break away for a few hours on Thursday evening to attend the Der Dutchman end of season banquet.
More than 200 people pre-registered for the banquet so there weren't very many empty chairs.
Wayne Nisly got the evening started by sharing some facts about this year's cruise-ins.
- Wayne's database has accumulated the names of 1013 people who have registered a vehicle a least once during the past three years.
- The total number of people to register in 2019 was 2341.
- There were 341 first-timers this season.
- There were four rainy evenings, but only two cancellations.
- It was estimated that 84 lbs of bratwurst, 300 hot dogs, 600 hamburgers, and 115 gallons of ice cream were consumed during the season.
- On June 29, the restaurant held its first-ever coffee and donut cruise-in.
- Four times this year the cruise-in registered more than 200 vehicles.
Besides the food, another highlight of the evening was the presentation of plaques commemorating the sixth year of the cruise-in. Everyone who registered a vehicle in 2019 and attended the banquet received one of these plaques.
As the plaque says, this was the best year ever for the cruise-in. And with that popularity came an issue that was barely noticed during the previous five years. Cooking all those hot dogs, hamburgers and brats, unfortunately, created a lot of grease which found its way onto the cars. I moved parking location three times during the season trying to keep my car relatively grease-free.
I'm not sure there's a good solution to the problem other than cooking less food. I guess it's the price one pays for having the most popular cruise-in in Central Ohio.
Despite the grease, it truly was a great season. Every Thursday I looked forward to hanging out with friends and seeing some fantastic cars. And the chance to win some delicious goodies didn't hurt either.
I overheard someone say the reason they enjoyed the Der Dutchman cruise-ins so much was that it was a laid back way to spend a Thursday evening. I think that pretty much sums up this sixth year