Hundreds expected for ‘Cruise In on the Square’
by Ron Harris
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More than 300 cars — and possibly as many as 400 — are expected to participate in Saturday’s ‘Cruise In on the Square’ in downtown Jasper. Photo Special to the Eagle
More than 300 cars — and possibly as many as 400 — are expected to participate in Saturday’s ‘Cruise In on the Square’ in downtown Jasper. Photo Special to the Eagle
Organizers of next Saturday’s ‘Cruise In on the Square’ car show say they’re expecting more than 300 vehicles to take over the streets of downtown Jasper.

The car show, which will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., is sponsored by the Central Alabama Rodders Society and Manchester Auto Parts. It’s the sixth year that CARS has hosted the ‘Cruise in on the Square’ on the third Saturday in October.

Last year, more than 320 vehicles were registered to participate in the car show. There’s also expected to be a number of antique tractors on hand.

“This year, we’re expecting almost 400 to register,” said Gerald Buzbee, a member of CARS and one of the event’s organizers.

For those who want to participate and register a vehicle for the car show, it’s free.

“Everything’s free,” Buzbee said. “One thing that makes our car show unique is that everywhere else you go, you have to pay to register your cars. Everything here is free.”

Prior to the car show on Saturday, the city of Jasper will sponsor a concert that will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. Friday night on the square in downtown Jasper featuring the Elijah Butler Band, a Birmingham-based group that plays a blend of blues, rock and country. Members of CARS will gather about 30 minutes before the concert to bring in just a few of the vehicles participating in Saturday’s car show.

“We’ll bring a few of the cars out in a parade and put them out for the community to see,” Buzbee said.

In addition to the hundreds of vehicles on display Saturday, popular Elvis impersonator Michael Dean will perform throughout the day Saturday on the square in downtown Jasper, Buzbee said. Dean performed at the car show two years ago and was a hit with those on hand.

“He was once voted one of the top three Elvis impersonators in the United States,” Buzbee said.

Buzbee said on Saturday, CARS will give away $50 every 15 minutes to car owners registered for the car show.

The last hour of the car show, $100 will be given away every 15 minutes, CARS member Glenn Ferguson said.

“At the end of the day, we’ll give away a grand prize of $500 to one person,” Ferguson said.

In all, more than $6,000 in cash and door prizes will be given away during the event.

Buzbee said there will also be plenty of good food available from several vendors which will be set up in downtown Jasper, and other assorted vendors will be there, too.

“We’ve got a lot of things coming,” Buzbee said. “This show has gotten bigger and better every year.”

Because of the number of vehicles expected to converge on downtown for the car show, many streets in downtown Jasper will be closed the day of the event.

Last year, more than 12,000 people attended the car show, which featured vehicles from throughout Alabama and the Southeast.

The Central Alabama Rodders Society hosts a monthly car show the first Saturday of each month from April through October at the Jasper Mall.

“If you have a car and you like it enough to show, then we want you to bring it out,” Buzbee said.

In addition to CARS and Manchester Auto Parts, the car show is being sponsored by Carl Cannon Chevrolet-Cadillac-Buick-GMC, Barry’s Furniture, First Bank of Jasper, M&M Restoration, Richardson Electronics and Extreme Car Audio, Deltas Transfer, Maloy Ford-Lincoln-Mercury-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, Advanced Locksmith, Scott Crump Toyota, J&B Recycling, Miller Roofing, Lightweight Tire and Automotive, Collins-Burke Funeral Home and Southside Excavating.

For more information on the car show, call Glenn Ferguson at (205) 544-0844 or Bob Jent at (205) 275-7881.

Vendors who may want to participate can call Gerald Buzbee at (205) 300-3731 for more information.