36 years and still cruisin’

The 36th annual Cache Valley Cruise–In is underway at the Cache County Fairgrounds. KVNU’s For the People program originated from the fairgrounds on the first day – Thursday. Cruise-In Director John Rutledge Jr. said he’s been with the club for about 20 years now.

“I always liked old cars, and because of Ken Lee, I got involved in it. And I came across a car and I found another friend and he started helping me and his name is Cliff Hyer. He started helping me build my car and that’s how I got in. I buy treasures…my wife calls it junk,” Rutledge laughed.

Rutledge said that’s how he got started. He said if you get a car and don’t care what it looks like but you have it running and just drive it and you put a little into it over time –  then one day you’ll have a treasure. Johns’ daughter, Jill Douglas, talked about the scope of the event.

We have several car clubs from all over the state that come in and camp with us or stay in the local motels. We do give a prize away every year for the furthest away car that comes. I believe, last year, it was North Carolina,” said Douglas.

The car show runs each day through Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. Show admission is $10. One ticket is good for all three days.

The Friday night concert that you’ll need a separate ticket for is the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with opening act Brenn Hill beginning at 7 p.m. Your concert ticket will get you into the fairgrounds at 5:00 p.m. If you want to come earlier you will need to purchase a car show entrance ticket as well.

The awards ceremony will be held Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the rodeo arena. At 6 p.m. will be the drawing for the giveaway car: a 1967 Chevrolet Nova. Each admission ticket also includes a chance on the  drawing of the  giveaway car. After the giveaway will be the famous Cruise-In parade along Main Street in downtown Logan. For car show and concert tickets, go to any of the Lee’s Marketplace locations in Smithfield, Logan and outside the valley. Tickets are available online as well. For more information:  cvcacruisein.com.

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