It doesn’t matter whether your car is a classic or just something you want to show off, the 2nd Annual Platte River Cruise Night welcomes everyone July 12-13 in downtown North Platte.
Events begin Friday evening with an open cruise from 4-6 p.m. that will work its way around a loop from Leota Street, around NebraskaLand National Bank to Fourth Street and around the Lincoln County Courthouse. The Saturday night route will be the same with designated pit stops along the route hosted by Husker Radio, which will have barbecue, games, prizes and more.
Show organizer Rob Cappa of North Platte said he came up with the idea while getting his classic ready for a show.
“I was getting my ’49 International pickup ready for Kearney Cruise Night and I thought, ‘You know what; we need our own cruise night,’” Cappa said. “We support Kearney and they support us. They’re excited about what we’re doing here.”
Another purpose is to encourage the local businesses by bringing in revenue through the event.
“The whole idea is to bring revenue into North Platte and a fun way to do it,” Cappa said. “I just got tired of seeing businesses shut down and wanted to try to help by giving North Platte something extra and fun to do that is family oriented, something that everybody can enjoy.”
Cappa said the event is family friendly and offers activities for everyone.
“We have a pin-up contest, car show, we have stuff for kids to do, stuff for people that aren’t into cars,” Cappa said. “We have vendors for a craft fair coming — just a little bit of everything really.”
Samantha Geisler, sports marketing and events specialist at the Lincoln County Visitors Bureau, said they are expecting about 250 cars this year with the larger venue.
“Last year it was at Harvest Christian Church and we had 176 cars,” Geisler said. “It just kind of outgrew that parking lot, that’s why we decided this year to go downtown.”
The show is not just limited to classic cars.
“We said, ‘Let’s make it a little bigger and invite more people and really promote the fact this isn’t just the classic car, muscle car,’” Geisler said. “If you’re proud of it, you bring it. It’s for anything out there.”
The contests will include loudest exhaust and loudest stereo, a Dyno machine and a Kids Cruise at the Platte River Mall from 4-5 p.m. on Saturday.
The conclusion of the show will feature a dance at 9 p.m. at center stage on The Bricks at Fifth and Dewey streets.
“Easy Street is a classic rock band and they’re from Gibbon,” Geisler said. “They come highly recommended by a couple of bands that play here in North Platte.”
Geisler said a lot of folks say they want a classic rock band or some kind of oldies rock and Easy Street fits that bill.
The admission is free and the Jaycees will be hosting a beer garden.
For more information on the events, check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/platterivercruisenight.