Cruise In 2015
In the late summer of 2014 the Kiwanis Club of Dexter Sunrise began preparation for its annual fruit sale. The sale had been held every fall for many years and it was one of the major fund raisers for the club. When the packet from the grove arrived it included a price sheet with a substantial increase in the cost of the fruit. It was decided that the club could not pass along the increase to its long-time supporters. An alternative source of revenue would have to found.
There was some brainstorming and one of our members, Bob Fritsch, suggested a cruise-in. Cruise-ins and car shows were very popular, Bob a vintage car buff and member of the local “Dusters” car club, was drafted to be the chairperson of a committee to examine what would be required to organize such an event. He asked for volunteers from the Kiwanis club to serve on the committee and many hands were raised. He also decided to go outside the club to members of the community who had experience in car shows and who owned a classic car. Len Wallace, Mark Robichaud and Buzzy Harding stepped forward to help. The first order of business was to assign areas of responsibility such as Entertainment, Food & Beverage, Communications and Sponsorships. Businesses were also contacted for sponsorships and the first to step forward was Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union which offered to sponsor an Elvis tribute singer as well as assist and design in printing a sponsorship booklet replete with photos intermixed with sponsors. The booklet would be provided free of charge to all those attending. Additionally, a date had to be set that didn’t conflict with similar events in the central state area. The First annual Kiwanis Cruise-In would be held August 8, 2015, 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM, in the community’s Municipal Parking Lot. The rain date would be August 22nd. “CruiseMaine” magazine was also contacted and the Cruise-In date listed.
Students and staff at the Tri County Technical Center were asked to design and assemble twelve “awards” made of small car parts to be presented at the event. These will be quality acknowledgements of car owners’ contributions to what will be a memorable experience.
In order to create a data base to be used in the planning of future cruise-ins, names, addresses and vehicle information will be requested of participating owners.
This is a Kiwanis “first” in Dexter; with the help of Kiwanians, community volunteers and classic car owners, it should be the first of many to come.
On August 8th let the rubber hit the road!