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April 23, 2014

Somernites Cruise 2014 season promises to be best ever

Weekend will kick off with ‘Jalopies’ & other new events

Somerset —

Fasten your seatbelts, Somerset — it’s time for another season’s worth of Somernites Cruise classic car shows.
This weekend marks the first Cruise of 2014, with the fourth Saturday of each month through October hosting a new, specially-themed three-day event.
The Somernites Cruise world is expanding however, past downtown Somerset and further down busy U.S. 27.
The familiar Wal-Mart Block Party is getting a makeover and a relocation. Having been held in downtown Somerset by the judicial center for the last several years, the Friday night festivities will be moving to the distinctly more southbound grounds of the Somerset Mall, under the name “Friday Night Thunder.”
The event, sponsored jointly by Wal-Mart and the Somerset Mall, will be held each Somernites Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will feature show cars as well as live music, inflatables for kids, plenty of food and fun. 
 “Expect the loud pipe contest to return this summer, a scream-off contest and other activities we’re not ready to announce just yet,” said Carol Tucker, manager of the Somerset Mall. “We are flattered to be Wal-Mart’s partner and thrilled about the new event.”
Tucker noted that “Cruise-A-Palooza” event last year on Somernites Saturdays at the mall was a success in bringing traffic to that end of town, and organizers hope it will be able to increase the Cruise’s presence throughout the community.
“It got too big for downtown, and in order for it to grow, you were either going to have to block off more areas or move it somewhere,” said 2014 Cruise president Jeff Girdler of the former “Block Party,” adding, “We’re expanding further south, and helping out local businesses (in that area). It’s a win-win.”
Another way the Cruise is expanding is with the “Tune-Up Cruise-In,” to be held Thursday nights, starting tonight, during Somernites weekends. Classic car enthusiasts are invited to head over to the new Steak ‘N Shake location on South U.S. 27, which already has that appropriate classic diner feel to it.

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