Festival atmosphere on the square Saturday as first Cruise-In held

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Photo by John Murphy The sun came out Saturday afternoon in time for people to enjoy strolling around the square, admiring vehicles of all ages that were on display at the Marshall County Old Car Club's first Cruise-In of the season.

By Karen Hall


In spite of difficulties encountered during the week leading up to the event, the first Second Saturday of the summer was a great success on Lewisburg's courthouse square.

"The bouncy things have been a real hit," said Lewisburg Downtown Alliance Chairman Leland Carden in mid-afternoon. "There are about 20 vendors, and everyone's selling something. We're pleased with the turn out and the vendors."

The Cruise-In was announced to start at 4 p.m., but exhibitors were arriving before 3 p.m., eager to get set up and chat with old, and new, friends.

Some arrived under their own power, like Robert Brown riding his 1984 Honda Goldwing motorcycle. He's had it about a year, Brown said. He found it on Craigslist, and the bike had less that 42,000 miles on the clock.

Chuck Ryan brought his 1985 Chevy S10 pickup truck, which has a Corvette motor, and is a work in progress. He's only had the truck for eight or nine months, Ryan said, and right now it's matte black, but it will be red and black when he finishes it.

At least two cars arrived in special trailers.

One was a 1967 Mercury Comet drag car that Steve Honnell raced for Ford.

"Watch your ears," said an assistant as Honnell started the car and backed it off the trailer. It was loud and sounded very powerful, as if it could still go flying down the track.

Jim Rucker's Oldsmobile Cutlass looked powerful, in classic muscle car style.

"It's still under construction," he said. "It just takes a while, but it's something I can drive and enjoy."

Locals one knows from other places turned out to be Old Car Club members as well.

Edmund Roberts, chairman of the Community Development Board, arrived in a beautiful red and white 1957 Buick Special.

Rick Roberts of Belfast, known to many for his work in the Veterans Services office, brought his 1969 Mustang. A sign explained the reason why this car is "super rare," and one of the reasons is it's the only known Super Cobra Jet Mustang with a factory-installed 9ZE-E clutch fan.

Meanwhile, across the street from the cars, Ray Loyd, from Wheel, was supervising his L & L concession stand, while cuddling two puppies.

"We're new at this," Loyd said. "We're trying to make a go of it, to supplement our income."

The concession stand had homemade pies and banana bread, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, and cheeseburgers.

The puppies, spotted dachshunds, were being sold by Connie Tull of Belfast.

For the first time, LDA members had Event Staff shirts, provided by Keith and Kim DeFoe of Local Motion Designs. They were set up on the square as well, producing T-shirts to order, made on the spot, at very reasonable prices.

As the cars were arriving, so was Shelby Lee Lowe and his band, who provided live music later in the evening.

Fears of being washed out by rain, voiced earlier in the week, proved to be unfounded, and a good time was had by all.

Second Saturdays, and the associated Cruise-In, will be held once a month through September, and are something to look forward to on the Lewisburg square.