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Main Street Event offers fun for everyone

Staff reports

The Valley Cruisers give Valley residents the opportunity to view some of the finest in restored, classic or special interest vehicles – and enjoy an old-fashioned street dance in the bargain.

Most of the events held during the club’s annual Main Street Event coming next weekend are free, and people who love cars will have the chance to not only get up close but also to talk to owners of the vehicles.

“You can look at the cars, that doesn’t cost you anything,” said club spokesperson John Amundson. “You can enjoy the street dance, and it’s free. Anyone, no matter how old they are, if they’re interested in old cars, this is an ideal place to see them in a very friendly, low-key enrvironment.”

Valley Cruisers members don’t enter their cars, and thus vehicles entered in the the competitive show and shine come from out of the area for the most part. Vehicles ranging from 1900 to 1969 will be displayed and judged, featuring restored classics, modified vehicles, trucks, T-Birds, Corvettes, street rods, T-buckets (Model T Fords with big engines and tires), “muscle” cars, Mustangs, and custom cars and trucks.

“There may be even be a fire engine,” Amundson said.

Some 250 cars are expected to be entered this year.

“We like to have as many people as possible come and see the cars and talk to the owners and ask questions,” Amundson said.

The Main Street Event will be held Aug. 18-20

It begins with “hanging out” and registration on Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. The streets will be closed in downtown Minden and people may view the cars being registered. A barbecue (chicken or steak) will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at a cost of $10 per person. The free street dance begins at 6 p.m., featuring Stevie and the Sting Rays.

On Saturday, a pancake breakfast will be held at the pavillion at Lampe Park, 7 to 10 a.m., at a cost of $3.50 for adults and $1.50 for kids. Raffle tickets will be sold for $1 each, and mugs, T-shirts and other souvenirs will also be on sale.

The profits will be used for show expenses and for community charities, such as the Family Support Council, Partnership for Community Resources, volunteer fire departments, Carson Valley Community Food Closet, Sierra Assisted Living and other groups, plus a scholarship for a voc-ed student at Douglas High School.

The show and shine begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, and DJ Chuck Baldauskas will offer Time Warp music from 10 and until 4 p.m. Judging and raffle drawings will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., At 4 p.m., “Cruisin’ Main Street” will begin.

On Sunday, the pancake breakfast will be held 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The poker run will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and the show and shine continues from 8 a.m. to noon. At 11:55 a.m., a drawing for a slot machine will be held.