The annual Cutsforth's Cruise-In is a go for 2021 but will return to a venue that helped it flourish amid the pandemic in 2020.
According to organizer Frank Cutsforth, with planning having to begin up to nine months before the event, and with the COVID-19 situation in flux, the decision was made to continue this year at the fairgrounds.
"We just weren't ready to go back to the park again because we can social distance better (at the fairgrounds)," Cutsforth said. "And (event center director) Laurie (Bothwell) is so great to work with at the fairgrounds."
This year's cruise-in will be held again at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds on Saturday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's event experienced its biggest car preregistration numbers ever, so Cutsforth thinks there will be plenty of cars to enjoy. Also, there will be a record number of food vendors on-site.Â
"Our hope is to raise $7,000 to $9,000 for local nonprofits through food sales and such," Cutsforth said. "Our goal is help those local community groups with their fundraising."
Among some of the car clubs that have committed to attend is a Model A group with 12 to 18 cars, a Studebaker club, a Triumph club and more.Â
"We think we are going to have a lot of cars," Cutsforth said. "We have a good reputation.
Additionally, Cutsforth said that he's had an outstanding group of people working with him, as well as some new faces that have stepped up to help. It's been a process that has led to the annual cruise-in getting ready to 'cruise' right along, even in a new venue.
"The participation in Canby is really good, and that helps. I appreciate that a lot," Cutsforth said. And while last year's cruise-in was strictly a drive-thru affair, the 2021 version will be a walk-around type of event, barring any late changes to COVID-19 protocols. In conjunction with that, organizers are working closely with Clackamas County officials to create an event that's safe and up-to-date with the most current guidelines.Â
To register to show your vehicle, go online (cutsforthscruisein.com/product/car-registration-for-august-28-2021/).
So what's up for this year?
• The event will offer free admission.
• Car show cost is $20 (proceeds support local nonprofits).
• Music by the KISN Good Guys.
• Live Music with Brett Lulich, Ray and Rebecca Hardiman and a Karen Carpenter tribute.
• Collectible 2021 T-shirts available for purchase.
• 400 dash plaques available for the first 400 attendees.
• 50-plus trophy sponsorship awards.
• Food: Rotary Big Burger Barbecue, food carts, pie and ice cream.
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