Ada Main Street Board is holding the second annual “Cruisin’ Main” event on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Kevin Holland, board member, said Cruisin’ Main was initially planned as a summer event for the area.

“If you grew up around this area, everybody cruised main,” Holland said.  “(Main Street) was a place where everybody came together, socialized and got acquainted with one another.  As you grow up and mature, you don’t really get to do that anymore.”

With Cruisin’ Main, Ada’s adult crowd is afforded the opportunity to once again make the route down Main Street, socialize and show off their wheels.

The first event was in 2010 and Holland said it was a big hit.

Holland said he used to catch heat from older generations when he cruised main.  After last year’s event, he said a younger employee complained about not being able to get down Main Street on the night of the event.

“She said, ‘I came through town trying to get back to the college last night and I couldn’t get through town for all the old people cruising Main,” Holland said.  “When I’m 18, I’m listening to 40-and-50-year-olds gripe at me and when I’m 49, I’ve got 18-year-olds griping at me.”

He said people of all ages participated in the event.

“We had everyone from 16-to-17-year-old kids to people into their late 70s,” he said.

Holland said Cruisin’ Main brought together multiple generations from single families.

This year’s event will feature the band Moonshiners playing in Sav-A-Lot’s parking lot.  Holland said a Coca-Cola trailer will sell Cokes and ice cream floats.

“We have Cruisin’ Main commemorative cups this year,” he said.  “They’ll have t-shirts.  We’ll have a number of give-aways and a trivia contest.”

He said all trivia contest participants will be entered to win a prize.

There will be an area for classic cars to park and pictures will be taken of vehicles in front of the old Coca-Cola sign.

Another band will be playing in the parking lot near the Gear Up store.

Cruisin’ Main begins at 6 p.m. and goody bags will be given to the first 50 to 100 visitors.

“All of our downtown merchants have been as generous as they could be with prizes and things for goody bags,” Holland said.  “Anybody who didn’t attend last year really missed a lot of fun so we hope they come out this year.”

 

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