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July 16, 2013

Friday nights car cruisin’ returns to Main Street Duncan

DUNCAN — Dragging Main St. is about to make a comeback with Main Street Duncan’s implementation of monthly Car Cruise Nights.

Beginning this Friday, the event will take place from 6-10 p.m. each third Friday of August, September and October on Main St. After the organization’s annual car show this year, Main Street received several requests for a car cruise.

“We had so many local people coming up to us saying the car show reminded them of dragging Main on Friday nights after school,” said Tammy Johnson, director of Main Street Duncan. “They said it brought back so many good memories and asked if there was any way we could do some cruise nights.”

Johnson took the idea to the Main Street board of directors, who thought it was a good one. Retail businesses up and down the street were asked to stay open during these times and agreed to do so.

“There will be door prizes hidden in some businesses,” said Johnson. “We want people going into the businesses too.”

In order to participate in the cruise part of the evening, registration will be at 10th and Main. There is a small fee to cruise your vehicle and all proceeds go to pay for the construction of Main Street’s own road blocks for the annual car show.

“During the car show we have been borrowing blocks from five different entities and it takes an eight-hour day to pick them up and another day to drop them off,” said Johnson.

“Sometimes they get taken back to the wrong places and it’s a mess, so we decided to use the cruises as a fundraiser. It’s going to be nice to not have to borrow 36 roadblocks anymore.”

There is a large turnout expected for Friday evening as Johnson said they have made 500 local calls and everyone Main Street representatives spoke to seemed to be thrilled about the event.

“It’s been so hot lately that local cars haven’t wanted to get out and go to shows,” Johnson said. “This gives them a reason to get out and it’s going to be cooler in the evening.”

For those who don’t want to drive around during the event, they can bring charcoal grills to Main Street and tailgate for free. There will be some live music accompanying the event.

First United Methodist Church is hosting an open mic night beginning at 7:30 p.m. at “the Well” on Main Street. It is open to any young person who would like to sing or play acoustic music. Smoothies and coffee will also be available inside “the Well.”

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