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Martinsburg Cruise-In to celebrate second year

June 16, 2005|by TONY BUDNY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Events can bring new popularity to an area. The Cruise-In could have such an effect on Martinsburg.

"We had about 2,000 people in town last year," Main Street Martinsburg Executive Director Jeff Curtis said. "I've received many calls from the community asking about the event."

Curtis expects greater success as promoter Main Street Martinsburg presents the second annual Martinsburg Cruise-In on Sunday, June 19.

All vehicles made in 1980 or before are eligible to participate, according to Curtis. The event, in conjunction with West Virginia Day and Father's Day, features a car parade through downtown Martinsburg at 1:30 p.m.

The M.L. Blues Band from Vienna, Va., will provide afternoon entertainment on the East Burke Street stage. To celebrate West Virginia Day, a cake sliced for all to share on the East Burke Street stage will top off the array of food in the afternoon.

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Restaurants will provide an opportunity for a sit-down meal, and a dozen vendors will sell snacks from crab cakes to homemade ice cream throughout the afternoon.

Car registration begins at noon at the former Martin's food mart parking lot on Raleigh Street and will continue until the parade begins via police escort at 1:30 p.m. The cars will begin the parade on Raleigh Street and will proceed to Race Street then onto Queen Street. Cars will park downtown.

The Cruise-In garnered much success in its first year, drawing in almost 200 cars, according to Curtis.

He anticipates and even better turnout this year. He expects more than 200 cars to attend, ranging from Cadillacs to Studebakers to classic pickup trucks.

"All these vehicles are really unique on their own," Curtis said.

Curtis hopes that someday this event can blossom into an enormous car show.

"We hope to raise the level of exposure for downtown Martinsburg above what it had been in the past," he said.

Main Street Martinsburg is a volunteer-based organization. Curtis describes it as "like a downtown Chamber of Commerce. We work with people who, for example, hope to start a business, establish themselves in the area. We also help promote them."

The first 200 cars to register for the event will receive dash plaques courtesy of Main Street Martinsburg. There is a limit of 300 cars, so drivers should arrive early to secure a spot in the parade. Main Street Martinsburg requests a $10 donation from all car owners entered in the parade.

T-shirts will be sold throughout the day to help raise money to cover the cost of the event.




If you go ...

What: Second annual Martinsburg Cruise-In

When: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Car registration begins at noon.

Where: Downtown Martinsburg, W.Va.

Cost: Free to the public; $10 donations from drivers.

For more information, call 1-304-262-4200.

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