Classic fun rolls into downtown Gresham
Shiny, restored, classic vehicles, live music, vendors and more will cruise into Historic Downtown Gresham on Saturday for some family-friendly fun that's easy on the budget.
"It's a really fun event," said Jerry Lyons, chairman of the 20th annual Rockin' Round the Block Car Show, organized by the Northwest Motorsports Association.
Lyons expects more than 400 stock, modified and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles to participate in the show. The free event draws more than 10,000 people admiring the cars, boppin' to the music and having fun.
The glossy cars began gathering early Saturday morning and roll into place for the show, which runs from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
In addition to ogling the cars, families can also stroll down "vendor row" which features car-related merchandise, food and more. The stores and restaurants downtown will all be open and some will have Rockin' Round the Block specials.
The car party offers free face painting, children's games and balloon creations to keep the kiddos happy.
There also will be raffles and drawings for the grownups.
Ron Ruedi & The Hurricanes will once again rock out with their repertoire of car-oriented and other songs. The six-member band will play all the favorite Beach Boys car songs including "409" and "Little Deuce Coupe," as well as Jan and Dean's "Bucket T" and other rock music, including original material.
It's The Hurricanes 15th year at Rockin' Round the Block.
"I love it, love it, love it," said Ruedi, who plays lead guitar and sings lead vocals.
It's more than just a gig for Ruedi. He brings his own car to the show, a 1932 Ford three window deuce coupe.
For Ruedi, the event harkens back to Gresham's roots as "one of the great cruising spots around."
"It maintains the history. Back in the day, people used to cruise Main, then Powell," he said, of a big cruise loop around town.
"Remember the movie "American Graffiti"? That was Gresham," he said.
Proceeds from Rockin' Round the Block benefit the scholarship fund for automotive students at Mt. Hood Community College. The event has generated about $175,000 for scholarships since it started two decades ago.
Registration for folks showing their cars starts at 8 a.m. and the grand opening for the public is at 9:50 a.m.
Closing up the day about 3:30 p.m., the classic cars all line up for an old-fashioned cruise down Main Avenue.
The event is sponsored by Weston Dealerships, Gresham Toyota, Gresham Ford, Precision Body & Paint Inc., Advance Auto Parts, US Bank, Speeds Towing, Mt. Hood Community College Automotive Technology and All About Automotive.
One tip, there is no parking on Main Avenue on Saturday to make room for the show, so plan to park elsewhere.
If you go
What: Rockin' Round the Block Car Show
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11
Where: Downtown Gresham, along Main Avenue
Cost: Free for attendees, fee to enter a car
For more information: rockinroundtheblock.com