(Posted Aug. 17, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Coordinating a car show is right up Heather Saxer’s alley.
Her husband, Dave, raced sprint cars and go-karts for years, and Saxer herself has promoted auto racing series and worked in other capacities behind the race scenes.
“I guess you’d say we are motorheads,” said Saxer, who volunteered to head up this year’s Plain City Classic Car Cruise-in and recruited her husband to help her.
“Dave is handmaking our promoter’s choice award. It’s a replication of the Plain City clock tower,” she said. “Having been in racing for years, he has always appreciated well thought-out, handmade trophies.”
Awards, goody bags, dash plaques, raffle prizes–there will be lots of good stuff to go around at the 2021 cruise-in slated for 2-6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Main and Chillicothe streets in uptown Plain City.
Registration runs from 2 to 5 p.m. with the awards presentation starting at 5:30. In addition to the promoter’s choice award, organizers will present best of show, people’s choice, and Chapman’s choice awards. Chapman Ford is the cruise-in’s presenting sponsor. Goody bags and dash plaques will go to the first 100 registrants.
Traditionally, the event attracts approximately 200 cars. Saxer noted that Der Dutchman’s weekly car shows are regularly drawing 300 cars.
“I’m anticipating a good car count given that last year we didn’t have anything (due to the pandemic), and people are starting to get back out and do things,” she said.
This year’s show hours are shorter than in the past. The 2019 show ran from early afternoon to 8 p.m. Additionally, this year’s show does not include live bands or a beer garden. It does include a D.J. Food trucks will be on site selling hamburgers, brats, ice cream and the like, but the number of trucks is scaled back from years past.
“We have several bars and restaurants in the area that put a lot of work and effort into their establishments during the (COVID-19) shutdown. We want to see people support them,” Saxer explained, adding that some of the venues offer live music.
All makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome at the cruise-in. Registration is $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event. To register in advance, go to https://julieweaver73279.wildapricot.org/events.
For all other questions, contact Saxer at email@example.com.
Proceeds benefit Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO), a non-profit that supports the village of Plain City with design considerations, economic development for businesses and property owners, and the influx of visitors for events in the village. UPCO awards grants to local businesses for improvement projects and coordinates three annual events–the Classic Car Cruise-in, the Plain City Run/Walk, and Christmas Under the Clock.