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Classic cars line the Sheyenne Street in West Fargo during Cruise Night last year. Pioneer File Photo.

Popular Cruise Night returns to Sheyenne Street

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West Fargo's popular Cruise Night is making its return appearance of the season Thursday, June 16, from 5 to 9 p.m., as Sheyenne Street comes alive with the sights and sounds of classic automobiles at their finest, promising a fun-filled evening the entire family can enjoy.

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Successive Cruise Nights will be a part of the ongoing schedule, set for the third Thursday of each month respective dates of July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 15.

The event has a new sponsor this year - the city of West Fargo, taking it over in the absence of the West Fargo Chamber that conducted it in the past but has since merged with the Fargo-Moorhead group.

City Business Development Director Dorinda Anderson is coordinating efforts as Cruise Night chairperson, assisted by the Fargo Moorhead Toppers Car Club, who are handling show host duties, with members Cody Wendelbo and Wayne Rud actively involved.

Anderson said the city "wanted to take over Cruise Night because we did not want to see the event go away. It is a well-received activity that brings a lot of people in and provides them the opportunity to see what a great community West Fargo is."

She said Topper involvement with the event has been fantastic, crediting them with actually moving it forward, getting their club to participate, and in turn, spreading the word to a large number of car enthusiasts.

Serving as main sponsors are WDAY, Berg Auto Supply, the Silver Dollar Bar, and the West Fargo VFW.

Jay Thomas of WDAY radio will be helping "to rev things up" Thursday, broadcasting his show live from 2 to 5 p.m. and also filling the emcee duties throughout the evening.

Wendelbo said the registration and line-up will be coordinated pretty much like last year with the same kind of set up on Sheyenne Street, from Main to Seventh Avenue.

He said West Fargo Police are asking that people not start parking their vehicles until 4:30 p.m., at which time Toppers members will be on hand to help out with the parking situation.

Free registration should be completed prior to line-up at the Toppers tent in front of the West Fargo VFW.

Like last year, the west side of the roadway from Seventh Avenue to Main Street will be cordoned off for the vehicles to lineup and the front side left open but protected so spectators can walk in safety and take their time looking at the cars.

A new touch this year will be a local, professional photographer, Hot Rod Image, set up in a 20 by 20 foot tent, in the Blessed Sacrament Church parking lot, to take high end photos of vehicles for a fee.

Also new, will be an increased number of food vendors for the convenience of those attending, including: Stars and Strikes, featuring pizza; Silver Dollar with their signature barbecue pork sandwiches served by members of the West Fargo Fire Department, with money raised going directly to the fire department; Broadway Dogs and their hot dogs; the West Fargo VFW, serving hot dogs and featuring a beer garden; Pa's Pizza, offering pizza by the Sooper Stop; D and J Catering; Pat's Treats and their ice cream; and West Fargo Boy Scouts, serving brats, barbecues, and pop by West Funeral Home.

A variety of prizes, donated by local businesses, will also be awarded later in the evening to lucky show participants.

To say Wendelbo is excited about the season's first Cruise Night is an understatement.

He said if the weather cooperates, they would love to see 200 cars show up. Noting that there were 350 cars at the concluding show last year, he doesn't feel that's an unreasonable expectation.

But no matter how many, he said the evening will still be fantastic.

"It'll be awesome and fun to be able to get out and have a good time, and show off your car, knowing that it doesn't have to be perfect. Bring your whole family and look at the cars, and have some food and a good time together taking it all in."

Wendelbo said everyone involved is extremely grateful to the sponsors for their great effort and all they provide to help make the evening successful.

Anderson also credits two other city entities, the West Fargo Police and Public Works Department, for playing a huge role in making sure the event runs smoothly.

Anderson said she too is looking forward to Thursday night viewing it as "one big welcoming event to show off our great community. I think the success that this event had last year is exciting and I expect this year's Cruise Night will duplicate that by creating an atmosphere that lets people know what a great city we have."

For more information about Cruise Night, call Anderson at 701-433-5350 or visit the Toppers website at www.topperscarclub.com.

khuber@westfargopioneer.com

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