With the cooperation of a finicky Mother Nature, what has become Salem's biggest downtown attraction during the calendar year should again be just that over the next several days.
Hundreds of people will pour into our downtown for the Salem Super Cruise which had its unofficial opening last night at Essex of Salem.
We've called the Super Cruise a people magnet. It is just that. Has been during the eight years it has been in Salem. Yes, it's been that long already.
As detailed in recent stories on our pages and available online at salemnews.net, there will be a number of attractions during the Super Cruise which will conclude Sunday.
The biggest time slot for activity will be Saturday, especially into the evening. Cruising will be all of the wonderful vehicles - pristine and mint - passing through and along the streets of Salem. There will be cars and trucks of all makes, years and models.
That is part of the attraction. Period love sharp-looking cars. Always have and always will. Most people loves seeing these classics. Kids through seniors love the interaction that the Salem Super Cruise brings into our city. It literally breathes some life into Salem. When else will there be hundreds of people coming downtown?
For that reason alone the Super Cruise should be embraced and always supported. Besides being a fun activity to do for all ages, it is also free entertainment for the whole family. That is an important consideration.
You can bet the local restaurants, bars, convenience stores, fast food stops and even gas stations appreciate all the extra business. Of course there will be that fully nutritious and heart-friendly (kidding) vendors' food that we all love. We're partial to apple dumplings ourselves. Go ahead and splurge into your own favorite.
For those not into the Super Cruise, it's simple. Stay away. Far away if it make you feel any better. And for those into being judgemental of some of the so-called crowd coming here to enjoy the Super Cruise -critical comments our ears have heard - save it, stuff it, zip it, whatever. Just keep it to yourself. Nobody cares to listen to downers. What makes you better than someone else, anyhow? There seems to be a lot of that in this town.
The Salem Super Cruise is one of the best things to have happened to our city. Credit is owed mayor John Berlin and service director Ken Kenst. The city has efficiently pulled off Super Cruises since assuming operation of the event.
A single individual who deserves credit spotlight is Gene Johnson. He will be heading up the Arby's Cruisin' Crew that organizes the ample show car parking. Gene does a magnificent job throughout the warm weather months of coordinating items being donated for the local food pantry through the Arby's Cruises. Needy area residents have benefited from the tons of food brought into the pantry through the kindness of vintage show car enthusiasts.
Thanks goes to the Cruise volunteers. Thanks goes to the businesses supporting the event. Thanks goes to the police officers providing a presence. Thanks goes to the hundreds, heck, thousands, of people supporting the Salem Super Cruise.
Thanks for the fact that any bad behavior despite the huge crowds has been isolated and pretty insignificant punk stuff. Proving that having a lot of people in a small area doesn't always result in problems. If peeling tires is the biggest form of mischief occurring, then things are in pretty good shape.
The Cruise brings people into our town and it is for the people of our town and those in surrounding communities. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Enjoy the Cruise. It should be a lot of fun.