Classic cars, good music, fellowship, and fun – these are common at the annual Soldiers Reunion “Cruisin’ & Car Show” scheduled for Sunday afternoon and evening.
In its 20th year, Cruisin’ has become one of the most popular activities during Reunion Week, according to Wayne Dellinger, chairman for the Soldiers Reunion. The car show and cruisin’ alone are expected to attract thousands of area residents and hundreds of vintage vehicles that day. Dellinger said the classic car event is part of the Reunion’s weeklong tribute to U.S. military personnel, both past and present.
The cars and trucks, all 1972 or older, will be on display beginning at 2:30 p.m., and will then cruise the streets of downtown Newton at approximately 6:15 p.m. in remembrance of days long past. The event will encompass the Courthouse Square and downtown business district that Sunday, with spectators invited to view the myriad of original and restored classic automobiles. At about 6:15 p.m., Newton’s one-way streets will transform into two-way streets to accommodate the cruising, bringing back muscle-car memories for many local residents.
During the event, the band “Moods and Memories” will provide musical entertainment, 3-6 p.m. and again, 8-9 p.m. on the east side of the courthouse. The band includes area residents Keith “Nero” Lynch of Claremont on lead guitar and vocals; Wayne Sigmon of Mountain View on lead vocals and rhythm guitar; James Phillips of Conover on bass and vocals; and Mike Sherrill of Newton on drums and vocals. The band specializes in a mixture of 1950s to 1960s rock and roll, beach, and country music. Area residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and dancing shoes for an entertaining afternoon and evening of classic cars and classic music. This year’s music is sponsored by Midstate Contractors, Carolina Glove, Peoples Bank, and Jenkins Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
If you would like to participate in this year’s Cruisin’ & Car Show, you must own a car or truck manufactured before 1973, pay a $2 registration fee, and obtain an official Cruisin’ placard from Dellinger’s Department Store or Pin Station Bowling Center. For more information, or to register, contact Wayne Dellinger at 828-464-3906.