Cruise In to the classics

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hill Avenue will be lined with classic cars Saturday evening, a routine followed for two decades. June 24 marks the 20th anniversary of the Spirit Lake Cruise In.

According to Spirit Lake Chamber of Commerce Director Blain Andera, the cars will be parked and ready for viewing from 6-9 p.m.

"We anticipate several hundred cars and several thousand people strolling up and down Hill Avenue," he predicted.

Kim Kunzmann, owner of Exhaust Systems Inc. on Hill Avenue, is well-acquainted with many of the classic car owners.

"There are several car clubs that associate themselves with the Cruise In," he said. "The Black Knights are out of Estherville, Old Iron Company from Spencer, the Iowa Street Rod Association and the Minnesota association as well as others."

The car owners look forward to Cruise In.

"They get a chance to talk to the public about their vehicles; more or less brag about their cars," Kunzmann said with a chuckle. "From the older folks walking around, you hear comments like 'I used to have one of those' and that makes the owners feel special."

According to Andera, there is more to do than just stroll through hundreds of impeccably renovated automobiles.

"We have several non-profit food vendors who will be set up," Andera, who also serves as mayor of Spirit Lake, said. "Plus we will have Ray Tucker spinning the oldies so people can dance in the streets if they want to."

He noted that it is a come-and-go type of event so the cars won't necessarily all stay for the entire three hours.

"We appreciate our major sponsor for this event, Okoboji Motors," Andera said. "Their help is vital to the success of the Cruise In."

Andera extended an invitation to families to enjoy downtown Spirit Lake Saturday evening, amidst the bright colors and polished chrome of lovingly restored vintage vehicles, music and food. Cruise In is an event for all ages, enduring for 20 consecutive years.

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