(Posted July 31, 2019)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Cruizin’ the Park, hosted by South Charleston American Legion Post 176, is a no-fuss, all-fun car show set to take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at South Charleston Community Park.
There’s no registration fee for cars and no admission fee for people, and the food is tasty and reasonably priced. Porkchop meals that include baked beans and a choice of potato salad or macaroni salad are just $7 each. Hotdogs and hamburgers also will be sold.
“It’s just about as laid back as it gets,” said Howard Myers, a Legion member and past commander active with the post for 47 years.
This marks the event’s 26th year. All makes, models and vintages of cars are welcome. Myers said some folks roll in hours ahead of the official start time to claim parking spots in the shade.
“We had 86 cars,” he said of last year’s turnout.
Dick “Hotdog” Ryman is back again as deejay. He has been spinning tunes each year since the car show’s inception in 1994. He plays music from every era, much of it oldies, with a country song or two thrown in for good measure.
All proceeds go to scholarships for graduating Southeastern High School students. Each year, the Legion gives out $4,000 to $5,000 in scholarships.
The car show is one of the Legion’s main fundraisers. The organization also sells food during the South Charleston Heritage Days Festival in September and holds a cookout during harvest season. Proceeds from these efforts go to scholarships, as well as other projects, including the veterans memorial currently under construction in South Charleston.