The 1960s was an interesting time in American history and those who lived through the decade — along with others curious about it — have a chance to experience a slice of that period this afternoon.
A monthly cruise-in series that resumes today in downtown Mount Airy will have the Groovy 1960s as its theme, but with all makes and models of vehicles welcome.
Along with the classic car element of the free event that caters to auto enthusiasts, the Mayberry Cool Cars and Rods Cruise-Ins have an added feature which seeks to appeal to those who might not have a vehicle to display. It is a monthly theme dedicated to a special time in pop culture, which this month is the 1960s.
For the cruise-in scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. today, those attending are encouraged to dress in attire from the 1960s. They also can enjoy music from that period which will be provided by Kelly Epperson of WSYD radio in Mount Airy.
Sixties songs span an array of genres, from The Monkees to Motown.
Carlos Jones Blue Ridge Park, the downtown gazebo located at the corner of North Main and West Oak streets, will host dancing and provide a place to gather, with contest registration also to occur there.
Awards will be given for “Cool Ride of the Month,” “Ladies Choice” and the vehicle that best highlights this month’s theme, along with “Best-Dressed” honors.
An award ceremony is to take place shortly before 8 p.m. Door prizes will be given away throughout the event for cruise-in participants, and a 50/50 raffle also is open to the general public.
The cruise-in series, sponsored by the Downtown Business Association, runs through October.