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October 25, 2012

Wet, cool weather could put damper on October cruise

Somerset —  

Last month’s Somernites Cruise featured a house made of pumpkins on the square. Cruise Vice President Mark Hansford is hoping for something else this weekend — maybe a giant dome over the city.
“It’s not looking food for Saturday’s weather,” said Hansford. “(The weather report says) it’ll be about 50-60 degrees, with about a 50 percent chance of rain.”
Of course, like the old Postal Service motto, neither rain nor snow nor sleet deters Somernites Cruise, and “we’ll be there” no matter the conditions, promised Hansford.
“We’ve gotta wrap the season up,” he said. “We’ve had days where it rained all day and still had 1,000 cars show up. We’re committed.”
Indeed, October marks as always the final Cruise event of the season. And just as with the weather, even rising national gas prices and other pinches to the pocketbook haven’t stalled the Somernites motor.
“As of right now, we’re averaging 1,129 cars per show —  a new record,” said Hansford. “The last half of the year, we’ve really had a lot of momentum.”
That’s thanks in large part to the largest number of cars the show has seen, 1737, in September of this year. 
“We think we’re one of the few shows that’s actually growing as far as participation,” said Hansford. “Last months we had 240 first-timers, people who had never been here before. 
“That’s the amazing thing about Somernites — even with the economy in the tank and gas prices going up, we’ve been fortunate enough to see growth,” he added, “and we hope that pays dividends for local businesses.”
This month, the always-popular Tri-Five Chevy Get-Together is back, celebrating a beloved era in the iconic car company’s history.
Chevrolet models from the years 1955, ‘56, and ‘57 make up this month’s showcase. This includes trucks and wagons.

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