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Cruisin’ Downtown brings classic cars to Worthington

WORTHINGTON -- The eighth annual Cruisin' Downtown roars to life Tuesday afternoon. Tenth Street, from Fifth to Second Avenue, will be closed to traffic to make way for some of the area's nicest rides. Anybody can reserve a spot to show off their...

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Spectators check out the starts of the show -- the cars -- during the 2016 Cruisin' Downtown event in Worthington. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON - The eighth annual Cruisin’ Downtown roars to life Tuesday afternoon.

 

Tenth Street, from Fifth to Second Avenue, will be closed to traffic to make way for some of the area’s nicest rides. Anybody can reserve a spot to show off their vehicle at the event, which runs from 4 to 7 p.m.


“We’ve had motorcycles to semis and everything in between,” said Alan Oberloh, an organizer for the event. “Tractors, fire trucks … if a kid wanted to show a custom bicycle, they can do that. Pretty much anything that rolls.”

Windom country and rock ‘n roll artist Sean Benz will perform at the event, and the Worthington farmer’s market will sell produce during its normal hours of 4 to 7 p.m.

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Various local businesses along the route will be offering specials for the event, which is organized by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee. Other organizations such as the Lions Club, Presbyterian Youths and the gymnastics team will offer food as well.

 

Besides the fresh food and live music, the focus is the cars. For area car lovers, Cruisin’ Downtown is a chance to show off their hard work, and admire the efforts of others that share their passion.

 

“There’s a lot of conversation, and there’s a lot of people where this is their pride and joy, so some people are real open about what they’ve done with their cars, and other people maybe not as much,” Oberloh said. “But I think people that have the collector cars really like to show them off, and hear input back.”

 

Anyone with a vehicle they would like to show should call the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-2919 to reserve a spot. Those going to the event are encouraged to be careful around the cars.

 

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