Cruise to the Center of Oregon
It's July, it's warm, and it's time for the 14th annual Cruise to the Center of Oregon, hosted by the Crook County Rodders car club.
The free event occurs Saturday, July 20, at the Crook County Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
According to club leaders Lynn Arnett and Wanda Frisby, the Rodders is Crook County's local car club for all car lovers and the group considers the Cruise to the Center of Oregon the best little car show in the area.
The Cruise this year promises to be bigger than last, with new awards categories including Crook County Rodders' version of the best in show and a new 21-and-younger age award category.
The car show this year is now open to all vehicles, regardless of year, make, or model. Arnett reported that last year's turnout was well over 2,000 attendees from Central Oregon and beyond; anticipation is high for an even larger turnout, expecting around 2,200 with the promise of great summer weather.
The affair is a busy one and features something for everyone. Among the offerings and vendors this year along with the car show are the Elks Club raffle and silent auction, antique engine and tractor displays, a DJ, the Band of Brothers, the Veterans Outreach Services, local crafts and for the kids, the free Lions Club train, face painting by Alana and the Home Depot Kids Workshop. The Kiwanis Club of Prineville will sponsor a breakfast fundraiser that starts at 7 am. The Humane Society of the Ochocos will have an adoption event with plenty of furry friends available for a new forever home. The Grimes Christmas Scenes miniature display will open specially for this show.
Proceeds from The Elks Club silent auction and raffle will provide Christmas food baskets locally. The Crook County Rodders will sell raffle tickets for a T-shirt quilt made by local Judy Slater; monies collected from this raffle support their general fund, which also provides local assistance. Mr. Arnett reported that last year's event contributed toward a grand total of almost $12,000 in their Van for Stryder fundraiser that, along with community partner Robberson Ford, led to the eventual purchase of a new-to-you van for the family
Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with the Junior ROTC presentation of the colors, the national anthem, and opening remarks by Arnett. The Elks club silent auction and raffle ticket sales will end at 2 p.m.; judging for the car show and awards will be presented at 3 p.m.
If you are interested in submitting an entry into the car show or as a vendor/food booth, registration can be done online on the website www.ccrodders.com. For the car show only, registration can also be done in person the day of show. Registration for the first 150 entrants includes a dash magnet and goody bag.
The Crook County Rodders look forward to seeing you all there.
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