Something else new this month — trucks. The specialty area for this April is “Hot Rod Haulers,” dedicated to showing off custom and classic trucks of all makes and models.
While trucks have been a part of the Cruise display for years, they’ve never had their own moment in the spotlight — but organizers decided to change that this year.
“We had a lot of participants who say, ‘When are you going to have a showcase area for trucks?’” said Hansford. “In the past, with the way the schedule was set up, we didn’t have any extra months. This year, we’re trying to do something new.”
Trucks for “Hot Road Haulers” can enter at the VIP gate on South Main Street by the Pulaski County Public Library; other vehicles are to enter elsewhere.
A “Super Door Prize,” a toolbox donated by Napa South U.S. 27 Auto Parts, will be available to win this month — every car through the door gets one free ticket — with a drawing at 6:30 p.m.
Attendees will also get a visit from the Bars Leaks “Eliminator” monster truck, sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts. The truck is a Ford F-150 Supercab with 540 cubic inch Ford motor producing 1,400 horsepower, owned by Greg Adams from Greensboro, Ind.
Also new — Cruise-A-Palooza. This fun-for-the-family event at Somerset Mall (one of the Cruise’s major sponsors this year) will start as soon as the Show and Shine ends Saturday evening, and will feature food, games, live music by local rock act OneWay, and “all kinds of neat stuff.” Cruise-A-Palooza will be an every-month event along with the Cruise, April through October.
Of course, the monthly “Rock and Roll Block Party” sponsored by Walmart will be held downtown tonight starting at 6 p.m., and there will be an new 2013 T-shirt design to make its debut at the Block Party.