South Charleston Legion hosting cruise-in Aug. 21


(Posted July 29, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

With a new location comes a new name for South Charleston American Legion Post 176’s annual celebration of cars, food, and fun.

Cruzin’ the Park is now Cruzin’ the 176. Last year, the Legion moved the event from Community Park to the parking lot at First Presbyterian Church, which sits across from the Legion Hall at 15 N. Chillicothe St.

“First Presbyterian was very gracious last year in letting us use their lot, and they’re letting us use it again this year. We are thankful for that,” said Sam Stucky, an associate member of Post 176 and South Charleston’s mayor. Stucky’s father, Dave, was a member of the committee that started the cruise-in 1994.

The 27th annual cruise-in is slated for 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21. Admission is free for spectators and cruise-in participants. All makes, models and vintages of vehicles are welcome. The show attracted approximately 50 cars last year. The church parking lot can hold about 70 cars.

South Charleston resident Tony Cooper will serve as DJ for the event, spinning tunes from the 1950s to today. Door prizes are planned, and the Legion will be serving up pork chop dinners and more.

The dinners are $7 and include a porkchop, baked beans, and choice of potato salad or macaroni salad. A single porkchop without sides is $5. Hotdogs, chips, pop and water also are on the menu.

“All we try to do is supply a good family-fun atmosphere where people can enjoy some good looking cars, meet up with old friends, and have some good food and a good time,” Stucky said.

Proceeds go to the Legion’s scholarship fund which distributes $4,000 to $5,000 each year to graduating Southeastern High School students.

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.


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