Cruizin’ the Park fuels scholarships

(Posted Aug. 2, 2018)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

One hotdog and lots of porkchops make for a winning combination at Cruizin’ the Park.

Dick “Hotdog” Ryman has spun tunes for the annual car show since its inception 25 years ago. While he deejays, members of American Legion Post 176 serve up porkchop dinners, all to benefit the Legion’s scholarship fund.

“Hotdog is very friendly to people who come in for the show. He’ll even talk people who just came to look to enter their cars. He’s just a lot of fun,” said Howard Myers, Legion member and past commander.

This year’s Cruizin’ the Park is set for 4-8 p.m. Aug. 18 at South Charleston Community Park.

“Our first year was 1994 and we had 29 cars. Since then, we’ve had as many as 160,” Myers said.

Cars of all makes, models and vintages are welcome at the show. In fact, vehicles of any kind are fair game.

“We have a Corvette club that comes pretty regularly. We’ve had a guy bring a tractor and another guy bring what was basically an airplane. We’ve had dragsters. You see pretty much everything,” Myers said.

No matter what you show up in, you pay no entry fee.

“We don’t charge people to show their cars. The only thing we do is push porkchops,” Myers said.

Thanks to lots of hungry patrons, the Legion raises enough money each year to fund eight to 10 scholarships for graduating Southeastern High School seniors. Each recipient receives at least $100. The Legion gives out between $4,000 and $5,000 in scholarships each year.

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