Car Cruisers set to rock-n-roll this weekend
AuGRES — The cars are ready to rumble in AuGres.
The 18th Annual Rock-N-Roll Weekend will take place Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 and feature its annual car cruise and car show, as well as the return of the burnout contest for the second year at the AuGres Riverfront Park.
AuGres Cruiser Dick Hill said there will not be many changes for this year’s event.
“We have added a concrete pad for our burnout contest, but everything else has stayed pretty much the same,” he said.
Other events at this year’s Rock-N-Roll Weekend include music by The Sinclairs, limbo, and a flame-thrower demonstration.
Hill said the car club is expecting around 300 classic automobiles to participate in the cruise on Saturday night.
“We get around 300 (vehicles) participating every year,” he said. “It’s hard to say exactly how many will come out.”
The car cruise will begin at 5:15 p.m. in front of AuGres-Sims High School on Michigan Avenue. Hill said the approximately 14-mile cruise will travel from the high school east along US-23 and come back around to the AuGres Riverfront Park.
According to Hill, officers from the AuGres City Police Department and Arenac County Sheriff’s Department will be “cracking down” on cruise participants who drive recklessly.
“We don’t want anyone driving carelessly this year,” he said. “The Sheriff’s Department has informed me that they will be cracking down and handing out tickets to anyone caught driving careless or reckless.”
Hill said all money raised will go toward the AuGres-Sims band and the AuGres Fireworks.
“We donate the money we raise to those who help us put the event on,” he said. “The band will be out helping us clean up, selling tickets and running concessions.”
Last year the club gave the band a check for $2,500. Hill said the club will make a donation to anyone willing to help with the event.
“We hope to give the event over to the band someday,” he said. “We would still host the event, but they would do all of the work and receive all of the funding for their band.”
Hill said he hopes to see families out enjoying this year’s event.
“It is a great event,” he said. “Where else can people go to see this many classic cars?”
General admission to the Saturday car cruise is $5, but the first 200 participants of the car cruise get in free.
Awards will be given to the cars judged to the cars judged Best in Cruise, Best Original Vehicle, Best Street Machine, Best Street Stock Rod and Best Custom Vehicle.
The car show will be held Sunday from 8 a.m. until noon, and will feature music by Bob and Judy Steel.