By Darla Higgins
Downtown Jefferson will transform into a car enthusiast’s dream Friday, as Cruise Night takes over the area again.
The event takes place on the third Friday of each month through November.
“Everything from the early 1920s to all the current-model muscle cars” will be on display, says organizer David Nichols. “There will be lots of mid-‘50s stuff, because that’s what people like to drive.”
By about 5 p.m., vehicles will be parked along Austin Street near Diamond B’s Franchise, which sponsors the event. It’s free to walk around and admire the souped-up, shiny wheels, but donations are welcome; all proceeds go to the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department.
Entering to win the door prizes is free, but those feeling lucky can pay $1 for a chance to win much more in the 50/50 drawing.
“When someone comes in and buys a $1 ticket, all of the money goes into a pot,” Nichols says of the 50/50 game. “The winner gets half of the money, and the rest of it goes to the fire department.”
Cruise Night, which started last April, raised about $350 each month for the department, Nichols says. This time around, organizers hope to attract up to 100 vehicles each month, which could mean a donation of up to $1,000 a month for the firefighters.
The purpose of the event, besides raising money for a cause, “is to bring newcomers to town,” Nichols adds. “Everybody just loves it because of the setting. We want to bring people in to do a little shopping and enjoy this beautiful city.”
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