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Arby’s Cruise-Ins to return in May


January 13, 2011

SALEM - The Arby's Car Cruise-In will return for a second year beginning May 21 and will run until Oct. 17, according to cruise-in organizer Gene Johnson.

The cruise-ins will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. each Saturday, but one organizer said that in the summertime if people want to stay they won't close it up.

Eleven people attended a cruise-in committee meeting at the Salem Arby's at 2320 E. State St. on Wednesday.

The weekly cruise-ins will again support the Salem Community Food Pantry and feature bands or DJs, door prizes to cruise-in cars only with admission price of $2 or two cans of food for one ticket.

There will also be 50/50 drawings, three tickets for a dollar and 10 for $5, along with a new music and car trivia contest with the winners receiving door prizes. Music questions will focus on the 1950s, '60s and '70s while car questions will be wide open to just about anything.

The cruise-in will not skip the Quaker City Weekend Cruise weekend as it did last year and will hold an event on Thursday night at Arby's to help launch the event.

All makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome.

Committee member Bill Greenamyer said, "If it's got wheels, bring it."

Johnson said any non-perishable food can be donated at these events.

Last year's cruise-ins attracted an average of 65-70 cars and this year one car each cruise-in will be selected as the "Featured Car of the Week" with the owner given the opportunity to fire-up their vehicle and drive it to center stage. They will then be given the microphone and the opportunity to tell the crowd about their vehicle if they want.

A dash plaque will be awarded for the "Featured Car of the Week."

Another addition tied to the featured car segment will be giving that car the chance to rev up and let the crowd hear what it's got.

Johnson said that idea might be expanded by having any number of cars rev up for an original "Cruise-in Rumble."

There will be a Chinese auction each fourth Saturday and Johnson said they have about 18 returning sponsors providing awards and prizes for the summer.

The committee is also looking at two car shows on Sunday and set that issue for later discussion. Johnson said the events will be in the calendar for Big Al's List and Cruisin' Times Magazine.

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