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Smoke and heat can?t stop Cruise Nite

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Cruise Nite returns Friday evening, when 300 cars dating back to 1972 or older line Lincoln Way.

This is the third Cruise Nite of the 28th anniversary season, and event co-chair Bob Kennedy said between 3,000 and 4,000 people have attended each of the previous two events.

“I’m surprised, with the economy the way it is, but the people are still there bringing their cars out, and the families are still coming out to enjoy it,” he said.

He said the event will go on despite the smoke from the Robbers Fire and forecast for high temperatures.

There’s no charge to attend Cruise Nite, which will have food, beer and wine for sale, along with other vendors. The event does raise some funds through vendor fees, Kennedy said, so at the end of the season a donation is made to the Downtown Business Association.

Kennedy said the quality of cars continues to impress him. At the last Cruise Nite, he saw a restored fire truck from the 1950s. But there are also quite a few more unrestored cars, he added, which is great because it adds to the variety of vehicles.

“The quality of cars that are in this area is just outstanding,” he said. “The guys and women have put a lot of effort into the cars.”

For more information about Cruise Nite, call (530) 887-1604 or (530) 878-7936.

~ Krissi Khokhobashvili