Entering the first full week of October, the days have grown shorter, the air a little cooler, and the leaves are showing tints of red, orange and yellow, most cruisers can see the majority of their car, truck and cycle cruise-ins and shows in their rear view mirrors.
Some cruisers have already put their favorite toys to bed for a long winter’s nap, but there is still a little life out there in the Richland County area. Favorite weekly spots, like Pizza Hut in Ontario, held their last night this past week, others like the Wiener King in Mansfield will host weekly nights till the snow flies, or cruisers quit appearing in the parking lots. If you’re one of those diehards, there’s still time to head for some shows.
The Wiener King Restaurant in Mansfield, still offers Car & Truck Cruises on Mondays. Cruises go from 4:00 to 8:00. “JR the DJ” of Lexington plays the oldies at most cruises. Then attention turns to motorcycles on Thursday. Where Mark King & The Road House Band entertains on the front deck from 5:00 to 8:00 on most nights. Both of these shows are weather permitting, so call ahead to the restaurant if the weather isn’t promising.
Bellville’s own Der Dutchman Restaurant has moved their last monthly cruise-in from October 29th to October 15th. “JR the DJ” will host the last show with a classic mix of oldies. Features will include discounted food for cruisers, door prizes and mini-golf. Cruisin’ will be from 5:00 to 8:00.
Of the cars shows left in the area, October 11th will be Federated Auto Parts 3rd Annual Show at the Ontario store. The show is a benefit for the Richland County Humane Society and take place from 11:00 to 4:00. Registration is $10.00.
A late entrant on the car show list is the Halloween Classic Memorial Benefit Show in Mansfield at the Dean Road Freewill Baptist Church on October 17th. It’s in memory of “Big Dean” Sparks, a local cruiser. Showtime is 1:00 to 4:00 with a $10.00 entry fee that includes your meal.
If the weather is good and you want a road trip – consider the “Bucket & Beans Show” in Marshallville on October 17th, this show has become a regional favorite. A $5.00 entry fee will give you a chance at 100 awards, dash plaques, oldies music, fried bologna sandwiches and bean soup. My advice to anyone making the trip, get there early. The food goes fast! The show kicks off at noon and will finish around 4:00.
Diamond Hills Baptist Church in Mansfield will be cruising on October 24th. This free show will go from 10:00 to 2:00. There is no registration fee or awards, but cruisers will be treated to door prizes, hot dogs, chips and drinks. It’s a rain or shine event.
And like most of the classic cars and trucks, the “Classic Car Corner” might be tucked away till next spring. Keep cruisin’ my friends.