Submitted by Rhonda Arens
You stand in the street; you hear the engines roar. The smell of fried taters and grilled meat fills the air. You see the souped-up muscle cars, classic cruisers, custom-built choppers, and the one-of-a kind street rides. These sights, sounds, and smells can only be experienced at an event like our Cruise Night, held in scenic downtown Martinsburg, Missouri. This year, Martinsburg Community Betterment will be hosting its 12th Annual Cruise Night on Friday, April 24, from 5-8 p.m.
Spaces for the Car Show are available on a first-come, first serve basis. A $15 entry fee gets your vehicle a space in the car show and cruise. All classes of vehicles are invited to show and dash plaques will be presented to the first 100 registrants. Goody bags will be available for the first 130 entries. All entries will be put in the prize drawing for a pair of mechanical gloves, metal sign or a magnetic tool tray. Register the day of the event; no pre-registration required.
Prizes for several classes will be awarded. Entries will be judged in categories of Car, Truck, Motorcycle, Muscle Car, Race Car, Street Rod, Antique, and Best of Show. Awards will be announced prior to the Cruise. Miss Audrain County will be on hand to present trophies.
In addition to the wide variety of automobiles, music and food will also be available. Music Express’s mobile DJ service will be playing your favorite tunes (old and new) all night long. Community Betterment will be serving soda, burgers, hot dogs, pork loin sandwiches, and fried taters.
Cruise Night offers free admission for everyone. The event is a local favorite and draws hundreds of people every year. So stop on by, it’s almost a guarantee you’ll see someone you know. It begins at 5 p.m. with a car show, followed by a cruise of those cars through the downtown area.
We’ve always considered the Cruise Night a “Rain or Shine event!” Overcast skies may threaten the event, but the display of chrome and horsepower must go on.
With the proceeds from the event, the Community Betterment organization hopes to continue their mission of “promoting good community relations in Martinsburg.” Founded in 1997, the Council sponsors Cruise Night as their major fundraising effort to meet expenses related to upkeep of the Martinsburg Community Room/Branch Library building and various other community undertakings. The Community Room serves many as a meeting place used extensively by community groups, individuals, and other not-for-profit organizations. Upcoming renovations for the Community Room/Library include improved interior lighting and replacement of exterior siding and trim. Previous projects for the Council have included Jailhouse restoration, hosting “trunk or treat” for Halloween and a Memory Tree during the Christmas season, and financial support of the outdoor warning system recently installed in Martinsburg. A commitment has been made to allocate funds for the potential installation of a similar siren at Community R-VI Schools.
The American dream has always been about fast cars, great music, and good food. Cruise on down to enjoy an evening of cars, music, food, and cooperative spirit. Live the dream at Martinsburg’s 12th Annual Cruise Night.