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Cruise-In Night Begins Friday April 2nd 6pm At BMV Lot

By Kirk Gaw

Join your family and friends to enjoy classic cars, motorcycles, food vendors and the community line up on the west side of town along Roosevelt Rd. at the Indiana BMV parking lot to show off the best classic cars in the region. It has been a regular event since it began at the Town Square Restaurant on Highway 6 in Walkerton during 2010. Since then it has evolved from Illinois St. in DT Walkerton into the larger parking lot next to the new Walkerton Library. The wider space allows for social distancing since the COVID 19 pandemic began.

I recently spoke with one of the organizers Jim Christie about the origins of the event. He said, "Basically, the Walkerton Cruise-In event started several years ago when Don Buford, myself, Charlie Brown and several others decided it would be fun to just get together and hang out."

"This was kind of an offshoot of the "Cruise Around The Lake," which Don Buford organized for Miller's Merry Manor several years ago."

The event also, is held during the Falloween Festival at the John Glenn High School west parking lot in October. It became so popular that now it is a regular event on the 1st and 3rd Fridays during the warm weather season. Jim Christie added, "Each year the Cruise has grown, with cars coming from Valparaiso, Chesterton, and LaPorte."

"The vast majority are from this area. We have the "Hot Dog Man" Rick Schultz and his family there at the event as well. Don and Nancy Buford bring a sound system and play old car type songs during the cruise. People bring their lawn chairs to look at the other cars and visit."

Organizers also, have brought in live musical entertainment acts, minstrels, and special guests. The kids and the whole families seem to enjoy the wholesome Walkerton event. The vintage classic cars and hot rods shine with chrome and the extraordinary muscle power of beefy engines are revved as often as the festival goers ask for a close up under the hood. Car enthusiasts can be sure as Jim Christie says, "It seems there are always new cars to see. We have numerous families who don't own vintage vehicles, who come out just to take a look and visit. It's a good time."

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