November 1, 2014

Car cruise, show expected to pack Au Gres

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Classic cars are on display at the Au Gres City Park during last year's car show.
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Au GRES — Hot rods and customized cars will fill the streets of Au Gres this weekend, and are expected to draw a large crowd for the Au Gres Cruisers Car Club’s annual cruise and car show.

Dennis Nixon, President of the car club, said the cruise, which is slated to begin at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, July 26, typically includes close to 300 cars. The cruise takes off from Michigan Avenue, travels down Point Lookout and then along US-23 to the Huron Breeze Golf Course before returning to Au Gres and ending at the city park pavilion, Nixon said.

“It’s a very popular event,” he said. “We have probably 2,000 to 3,000 spectators along the route, along the shoreline watching this parade of cars. It’s something everyone looks forward to year to year. They have big family parties. One year one woman told me they had 200 guests coming to their party for the cruise.”

Nixon said the Au Gres cruise is a little different than most cruises because of the festivities held at the pavilion after it wraps up.

“What we do here that most cruises don’t do is we entertain people,” he said. “We have everything from burnout contests to flame thrower contests to the muffler rap.”

Live music is scheduled to be played in the pavilion from 7-11 p.m., and dancing contests for adults and children are also planned, Nixon said.

Sunday the Cruisers are hosting the second half of Rock-n-Roll Weekend — a car show at the Au Gres City Park. Nixon said registration for the car show is 8 a.m. to noon, and awards will be announced at 3 p.m. Like the post-cruise activities, car owners will be able to compete in various contests Sunday, Nixon said. Children’s games will be held starting at 11 a.m., he said.

Nixon said ballots for the car show awards have to be turned in by 12:30 p.m. He said there are usually 200-250 cars in the show.

Overall, Nixon said about 140 trophies are awarded during the weekend. He said the hotels and campgrounds in the area always see an uptick in business during Rock-n-Roll Weekend, and the people who live in Au Gres enjoy the festivities during the event.

“I have businesses that say this is the best weekend they have all summer. It even beats the Fourth of July,” he said. “It’s the biggest thing that we have in this area all summer. It’s very popular among all the residents around here.”

For more information on Rock-n-Roll Weekend, contact Nixon at 989-909-0195, or Au Gres Cruisers Car Club member Dick Hill at 989-876-6033.

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