Downtown Mount Airy’s last cruise-in of 2016 is scheduled Saturday, but the monthly series will end on a high note — or at least a scary one.
Due to its proximity to Oct. 31, Saturday’s cruise-in will have a Halloween theme, including both the vehicles exhibited and people who venture downtown for the occasion.
“We’re inviting those attending to dress up, and people will also decorate their cars,” said Jennie Lowry of the Downtown Business Association, the sponsor of the cruise-in series that began in June.
“People really do decorate their cars,” added Lowry, who said an award will go to the vehicle that best exemplifies the Halloween theme as well as a best-dressed award for those in costume. This will be in addition to the cool ride of the month and ladies’ choice honors that are given out during each cruise-in downtown.
Saturday’s event is slated from 4 to 8 p.m., although Lowry said it could end sooner due to darkness coming earlier at this time of the year.
“It’s going to be cool on Saturday, but that won’t affect it all that much,” Lowry said of the cruise-in enjoyment.
Once again, muscle cars, antique vehicles and other unique rides will be angle-parked along North Main Street, which will have one lane open along the cruise-in route.
“People love to ride down the street and look at the cars,” Lowry said of the Mount Airy cruise-in series that has gained in popularity over the years it has been held.
In addition to the vehicles, Halloween attire and decorations, Saturday’s event will feature DJ music by Kelly Epperson of local radio station WSYD, who’ll be playing Halloween songs as well as other favorites.
Lowry said Saturday’s cruise-in will cap off what has been a successful season overall, which also has included the Fifties, Sixties, beach and Seventies among its monthly themes.
“None of them have been rained out,” she said of the events. “The weather has been cooperating.”
Lowry credited everyone who’s supported the cruise-in series this year, including the large crowds attending.
“I also want to thank all the car enthusiasts who have come,” she said of those exhibiting vehicles.
“A lot of them have come to every one of the cruise-ins and we certainly appreciate it,” Lowry said.
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