2017-06-22 / Front Page

Car Show Starts With Cruise Night

Big Show Is This Weekend at St. Ignace

Hundreds of new and classic cars will be cruising the streets of St. Ignace Thursday, June 22, officially beginning the 42nd annual St. Ignace Car Show that runs through the weekend. Cars will begin lining up at Kewadin Casino at 4 p.m. and will begin the cruise at 6 p.m. The cruise will take cars down Mackinac Trail to the I-75 Business Loop, and then south through downtown St. Ignace to US-2. They will turn right onto Portage Road just past Mackinac Ford Sales and continue to Marley Street, where they will turn left, ending at Little Bear East Arena.

Gary Engle of G-Man Entertainment will provide music, and the St. Ignace softball team will sell water and park cars as a team fundraiser. Organizers say that spectators wanting a good view of the cruise should find a spot anywhere along State Street between the airport and downtown St. Ignace.

“I think cruise night is more fun for the participants because they don’t have to drive as slowly as they do in the parade,” said Quincy Ranville, St. Ignace Visitors Bureau Director.

St. Ignace Police Chief Mark Wilk said it is a controlled cruise, and the cars would be traveling just under the speed limit.

“It is an opportunity for the [car] owners to show off all of their hard work,” he said.

The reception taking place at the arena at that time is free and open to the public. Cars wanting to participate in the official cruise night must be registered for the car show. Those interested in registering can do so through the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau.

Other St. Ignace Car Show activities will include the Down Memory Lane Parade Friday at 7 p.m. on State Street, and cars will be displayed downtown all day Saturday. Live bands will perform at several locations downtown Saturday, and a children’s play area will be offered at American Legion Park. Admission is free of charge for spectators.

This year’s Guest of Honor will be Missouri car customizer Jack Walker, a longtime support of the St. Ignace show who has been customizing automobiles for more than four decades. (A story about Mr. Walker was published in The St. Ignace News June 15.) Boyne City car customizer Mike Stowe will be the honorary chairperson at this year’s show.

A “Cacklefest” will take place downtown in the parking lot near the Star Line ferry dock #2 including five drag racing vehicles.

In addition to the automotive display downtown Saturday, the St. Ignace Yacht Club will host its first race from the St. Ignace Marina.

Saturday evening, there will be fireworks over Moran Bay in conjunction with the Car Show.

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