VALDESE — Last fall, those along the route from Valdese to Marion were able to step outside and see a parade of classic cars cruising down U.S. 70.
They’ll get the same opportunity Saturday. Myra’s Diner, the Valdese home for classic car cruise-ins, is continuing its procession down the highway to Marion for a cruiser appreciation party on Saturday, Sept. 21.
Cruisers from all over the region will meet at the diner at 1 p.m., leave at 1:45 p.m. and arrive in Marion that afternoon. That will give folks in Valdese, Drexel, Morganton, Glen Alpine, Nebo and Marion the chance to see the parade as it goes by.
And, just like last year, when the cruisers arrive in Marion, the city’s Main Street will be blocked off for a party. Larry Earp, the owner of Myra’s, again will provide a meal of barbecue, drinks and ice cream for the procession’s participants.
“We had about 450 cars last year,” said Teresa Carswell, events coordinator for Myra’s. “We do the cruiser appreciation every year. It was so well-received, and cruisers just love to cruise.”
Last year’s parade featured cruisers from North Wilkesboro, Statesville, Charlotte and Forest City, as well as the local “staple cruisers” who are well-known around Myra’s and cruisers from Asheville and Tennessee driving in from the opposite direction.
Earp had hosted the cruiser appreciation party at his restaurant for a number of years before the Myra’s cruisers were invited to join those in Marion last year. This special event is an extension of the weekly Friday night cruise-in at Myra’s, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Myra’s weekly cruise-ins run from April to October and always feature dozens of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles.
“We have a great turnout of at least 100 cars every Friday night,” Carswell said. “It’s free and there’s music. It’s part of all the good stuff we do.”
For more information about Myra’s, visit myrasofvaldese.com or find the restaurant’s Facebook page.