WYOMING,Mich. — The 9th Annual 28th Street Metro Cruise® is on Friday, August 23, 2013, and Saturday, August 24, 2013, along 15 miles of 28th Street. This annual celebration of classic cars is West Michigan’s premiere auto show and cruise, and attracts car lovers with unique vehicles from throughout the United States. Each year, the 28th Street Metro Cruise Committee strives to keep the event fresh by bringing in new attractions. This year is no exception and Cruise goers will have plenty of new things to see, enjoy and taste.
Primary festivities start Friday morning when Fox 17 hosts their morning show live from the Metro Cruise from 5 to 9 am. Next, Celebration! Cinema will host showings of American Graffiti at Rivertown and Woodland theatres all weekend, and will feature star Candy Clark best known as “Debbie” from American Graffiti, from 1 to 3 pm on Friday at Woodland. Ms. Clark is sponsored by the Forest Hills Business Association and Cascade Community Foundation.
The Metro Cruise officially opens at 4 pm Friday with an expanded vendor and food court at Roger’s Plaza. Jimmy Shine, from Speed Channel’s Car Warriors will be available for autographs both Friday and Saturday courtesy of Steve’s Antique Auto Repair.
Friday evening, Cruise goers can choose their favorite Pinup Girl in an expanded contest featuring 16 of the girls on the inaugural “Metro Cruise Pinup Calendar.” Calendars will be available for sale and proceeds will benefit the WKACC Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, providing scholarship money for area high school students. For the first time, the Metro Cruise will also host a community event Thursday night to benefit area students who provide the majority of the volunteer workforce for the event. Proceeds from showings of American Graffiti at Celebration! Cinema will also benefit this fund.
After the contest, WKTV will host its one-of-kind, red carpet event “Metro Cruise Live on the Concourse” from 8 to 10 pm, featuring rarely seen automobiles on a live TV show. This is the only show of this kind in the nation.
On Saturday morning, the Metro Cruise re-opens at 9 am when Candy Clark, will serve Grand Marshall and opening ceremonies will feature a performance by the Wyoming Wolves Marching Band.
The event has grown through the years to over 200,000 visitors and over 15,000 vehicles. There has been momentum within the 28th Street merchants’ community to increase event participation. Being the premiere classic car attraction in Western Michigan, the 28th Street Metro Cruise® generates a welcomed injection of tourist dollars into our community and represents a huge marketing / promotional opportunity for local and regional businesses.