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39th-annual family-friendly event on Aug. 6 is all about community and having fun

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to start your engines and drive over to the Milwaukie Bowl for the 39th Annual Milwaukie Cruise-In on Aug. 6 to benefit the Milwaukie High School Marching Band.PHOTO COURTESY: PDX CAR CULTURE - Organizers direct the owner of a 1957 Chevy Bel Air to the Milwaukie Cruise-In in 2015.

Co-organizers Todd Freeman and David Husted have been involved with the cruise-in since it began 39 years ago.

"For the first three years it was in the Mike's Drive-In parking lot, but in the fifth year it got so big we moved it across the street to the Milwaukie Bowl," said Freeman, who has operated Mike's for 46 years.

"The community embraced it and it got really popular," Husted said.

Both men said they know what needs to be done to organize the event and in some ways, it runs itself.

After the participants drop off their cars, many bring folding chairs and sit beside their cars to answer questions. The show opens to the public at 3 p.m. and MHS Marching Band members help park cars, Husted said.

There's a beer garden, a disc jockey from 3-6 p.m. and then a live band from 6-10 p.m., Freeman noted.

There are no restrictions on what kinds of cars can enter the cruise-in.

"Everyone gets a dash plaque; there is a 15 to 20-minute award ceremony and a best in show trophy, Husted said, adding that judges are Mike's and Milwaukie Bowl employees along with some members of car clubs.

Favorite cars

"We see a lot of the same cars, including muscle cars from the late 1960s, to cars from the 1920s and 1930s," Husted said.

His favorite car is a 1963 Corvette with a split window.

Freeman said he had a classic car for 10 years, but it needed too much upkeep; now he regrets getting rid of that white 1968 Camaro with a red interior.

His favorite cars are Camaro muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s, he added.

People should come to this family-friendly event, Freeman said, because "it's fun and there is something for everybody."

The Milwaukie Cruise-In is "good for the community and lots of people look forward to it," Husted said.

He added, "It is all about the community enjoying themselves."

39th Annual Milwaukie Cruise-In

When: Show car drop-off is 8:30 a.m., and event is open to the public from 3-10 p.m.

Where: Milwaukie Bowl, 3056 S.E. Harrison St.

Details: There is a $15 registration fee to be paid at drop-off. The event benefits the Milwaukie High School Marching Band.

Extras: There is a beer garden and disc jockey; a live band plays from 6-10 p.m.

For more information, call the Milwaukie Bowl at 503-654-7719.

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