This month’s Some-rnites Cruise is brought to you by the letter “M” — as in May, Memorial Day, Mustangs ... and Marriage.

That’s right: This Memorial Day weekend will feature a “specialty parking” area reserved exclusively for — appropriately enough for Derby month — Ford Mustangs. (June will feature an area for Mopars, August will give Chevrolets the special treatment, and September is reserved for the ever-popular Corvettes.)

But how does “marriage” play into the event?

Word has it that one couple plans to tie the knot right in the middle of Saturday’s cruise-in.

Let’s just hope the marriage gets as much “mileage” as the classic cars which will be on display.

Last month’s Somernites event, the first of the 2007 season, broke records for attendance in April. Organizers are hoping that’s an indication that this month’s event will also be well-attended, in spite of the fact that it’s competing with other Memorial Day weekend activities in the surrounding areas.

Somernites Cruise is a free classic and custom vehicle show and cruise held on the fourth weekend of every month, rain or shine, in downtown Somerset between April and October.

Vehicles brought to the show are not judged, although awards are given monthly to the car owner who travels the longest distance to attend.

With the heat of competition off their backs, both seasoned and novice car owners can relax and enjoy local food and oldies tunes as they stroll among the colorful rows of vehicles which pack the streets and parking lots.

Even those who don’t have cars of their own enjoy coming to downtown Somerset for a walk down memory lane.

Here’s this weekend’s schedule of events:

Today, May 25

From 6 to 10 p.m., head to the WalMart Supercenter parking lot on U.S. 27 for the WalMart Block Party — with games, food, door prizes, live music, and dancing. For more information, visit www.walmartblockparty.com.

Members of the Somernites Cruise Team will be helping the Somerset-Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau welcome visitors to the area during the CVB’s summer kick-off event from 7 to 10 p.m. at the CVB office, near KMart off East Ky. 80.

Saturday, May 26

Rise and shine early Saturday to join in on the Saturday Morning Fun Run. This month, the Fun Run destination is Russell Springs, where cruisers will have the opportunity to race on a dragway. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. at Office Depot, the official meeting spot for the Fun Run caravan. The group will depart promptly at 9:30 a.m.

The weekend’s main event, the “Show and Shine” portion of Somernites, begins downtown at 2 p.m. Bring your walking shoes, and be prepared to stroll amongst more than 1,000 show cars to the sound of oldies tunes.

Don’t miss the vendors’ area — which is growing by leaps and bounds — in the parking lot at the corner of East Mt. Vernon Street and South Central Avenue for everything from snacks to auto parts.

If you’re bringing a Mustang to this month’s Cruise, be prepared to be directed to the special entrance gate which will lead you to “Mustang Alley” — an area on South Main Street near Cumberland Security Bank reserved exclusively for Mustangs, old and new. (Be sure and show off your Mustang at the drag strip Saturday morning as well. The winner of the “Baddest Mustang Contest” will be recognized at the Show and Shine event.)

Don’t forget to buy a $5 raffle ticket for your chance to win either a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro or a Gatormade trailer, both of which will be given away at the end of the Somernites season.

If the weather cooperates, First Baptist Church will be hosting two live concerts — at 4 and 6 p.m. — by contemporary Christian music artist Dwight Ashley outside its building on North Main Street. (If it rains, the concert will be moved indoors.) The church anticipates offering a different concert monthly.

Speaking of concerts, the Burnside Concert Series will be continuing this month in the Stonebrook Plaza in Burnside, featuring Jerrod Niemann, Michael Sullivan, and Nokturnal from 6 to 11 p.m.

At 8 p.m., the fun continues in Somerset with “Cruisin’ the Strip.” Vehicle owners can parade through downtown and onto U.S. 27 to cruise to their hearts’ content.

If you don’t have a car, you can pull up a chair along the cruise route and watch the cars go by all night long.

Many businesses along U.S. 27 extend their hours for cruise participants and spectators.

But the evening isn’t over yet. There’s more to see and do at the Don Marshall After Cruise. Pull on into the Don Marshall Chrysler Center’s lot on South U.S. 27 for fun and entertainment after the cruise traffic dies down.

Learn more about Somernites Cruise by

visiting its Web site at: www.somernitescruise.com.

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