On Saturday, muscle cars, street rods, trucks, motorcycles and classic rides will be on display in the downtown at for the Marion Cruise-In for the Memorial Day weekend.
The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Main Street. This is the 17th year for the event.
“Shine up your cars, trucks, motorcycles, rat rods and join us on Main Street to celebrate and honor those who paid the highest price for our freedoms,” reads the Facebook page for the event.
The McDowell High NJROTC will present the colors. Organizer Doug McCraw said the for the first time ever, to the best of his knowledge, the McDowell High NJROTC will perform a 21-gun salute in memory of and honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. "We want to thank the city of Marion, Police Chief Allen Lawrence and Marion Police Department for making this salute possible," he said,
American Legion Cmdr. Alan Mainer will begin the ceremony with a few words and a prayer. Little Miss McDowell Ava Effler will perform the national anthem.
"The debt that we owe these brave men and women can never be repaid, however, we shall always strive to remember them and honor their sacrifice for our freedom," said McCraw.
The Red Dirt Revelators will provide some rocking blues music and organizer Doug McCraw has a supply of $50 gas cards for Murphy Oil. Every hour, he and other organizers are gonna draw ticket numbers of registered vehicle owners and they will win $50 worth of gas, according to the Facebook page for the event.
The Car Show is open to all vehicles with a large variety of awards including some 'specials' like Ladies Choice, Most Patriotic, Young Gun (Car owner under 21) and many more. There will be door prizes, goody bags and more.
"We are expecting a large crowd from all over North Caroline and surrounding states," said McCraw. "We have been told that several large clubs will be 'caravaning in.' Also, a large group will be meeting at Myra's in Valdese and cruising up highway 70 to join us."
There will be food, drinks and all kinds of treats available as Hot Dog Dave's food truck and Anna's Sweet Treats will be there and McDowell Local and Burrito Bros. will be open and serving up all their specialties.
"It's going to be a great family-friendly event, we hope to see you here," said McCraw.
As with previous Cruise-Ins, all rides are welcome. The idea is to come out and have fun on a warm day and pay tribute to those who have sacrificed for our freedoms.
Saturday’s event will be the second in a series of cruise-ins for this spring, summer and fall. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Car Party is set for June 15. A night cruise will take place on the evening of July 21. More Cruise-In are scheduled for Aug. 17 and in September. The series will conclude with the Halloween “Spook-tacular” Car Show on Oct. 26.
For more information, visit www.MarionCruiseIn.com.