Sil­ver An­niver­sary Show For Li­ons Club Cruise

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Set for Satur­day, Sept. 8 in the city’s Main Street Park, it’s the 25th an­nual Au­tumn Cruise, put on by the Escalon Li­ons Club.

Over the last 24 years the Li­ons Club has been host­ing its an­nual car show that ben­e­fits the Li­ons Club High School Schol­ar­ship fund. This show has be­come one of the bet­ter known shows in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, typ­i­cally draw­ing over 300 en­trants and hun­dreds more in spec­ta­tors.

Co­or­di­nat­ing the show this year is Li­ons Club mem­ber Mike Pow­ers, who said pre-event sign-ups were go­ing well, with around 250 ve­hi­cles pre-regis­tered.

“We also get any­where from 50 to 100 more en­tries the day of the event so we should be well over 300 ve­hi­cles,” Pow­ers said, not­ing that they will make room for all en­trants.

The show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and also fea­tures a num­ber of ven­dors, huge raf­fle, spe­cial draw­ings for par­tic­i­pants only, mu­sic by DJ Gene Adams and more. Break­fast will be served up by the Amer­i­can Le­gion, at a cost of $10, and the Li­ons Club hosts lunch, also a $10 cost.

All pro­ceeds from the car show ben­e­fit high school schol­ar­ships for Escalon High stu­dents.

As the show has grown from just a dozen cars back in 1993

when it started as part of the an­nual Park Fete cel­e­bra­tion, the Li­ons Club has raised nearly $400,000 that has been given as schol­ar­ships to Escalon High School se­niors. This is now the Li­ons Club’s largest fundraiser for the schol­ar­ship fund.

This year, three Fri­day night shows were spaced through­out the sum­mer as ‘pre-cruise’ events and Pow­ers said they all went well.

“We had quite a bit of par­tic­i­pa­tion,” he said.

Pow­ers also pointed to the co­or­di­na­tion ef­forts of John Salvin and Bud An­drew as help­ing the car show to take off, when it moved from the orig­i­nal Park Fete set­ting to its own sep­a­rate event down­town.

“We have a huge raf­fle, we have a spe­cial ex­hibitor’s only draw­ing, we will of­fer a com­mem­o­ra­tive pro­gram with some pho­tos from past shows,” Pow­ers said.

Weather should be warm and sunny, per­fect for swap­ping sto­ries and ad­mir­ing the clas­sics com­ing to the park for this sil­ver an­niver­sary event.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to the show,” Pow­ers said.

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