Cars cruise at the intersection of Main and Townsend in this timelapse photo. (Ada Evening News File Photo by Richard R. Barron)


Ada Main Street will relive its glory days Friday as Ada Main Street board hosts “Cruising Main” 6 to 9 p.m. with Ada fireworks display following at 9:30 p.m. at Wintersmith Park.

Ada Main Street Director Gina Stowers said the idea was first proposed by board member Kevin Holland.

“Cruising Main was one of his favorite things to do as a teenager,” she said.  “We just decided that we’d bring it back for one night, get people down here and promote downtown.”

Stowers said any cars or motorcycles are welcome and Ada Main Street will have a “Pit Stop” in front of its office selling pop, snacks and T-shirts.  The first 50 cars will get a free goody bag.  She said some Main Street businesses will be open late that night.

“It’s for the whole family.  We’re going to do prizes and giveaways.  KTLS and Tom Runnells is going to do a live remote and he’s going to do giveaways of his own,” Stowers said.

Stowers said she met her husband while “cruising Main.”

“We both just happened to be downtown cruising that night.  I met him and I’ve been married to him for nearly 16 years now,” she said.  “I’ve actually talked to several people who met their spouse downtown cruising.”

Holland said Main Street was often the destination for teenagers when he was younger.

“I probably could retire on the money I spent on gasoline from the years cruising Main Street,” he said.  

“The first time I ever saw my wife, I was cruising Main on my lunch hour.  She was working in front of J.C. Penney’s at a bake sale for Vanoss cheerleaders.”

He said Friday night’s event, for him, is about nostalgia.

“In my case, it’s when I had a good head of hair and was about 28 inches in the waist.  I’m a little bigger than that now and I have a whole lot less hair,” Holland said.

He said attendees will be able to have pictures taken of them next to their cars in front of the Coca-Cola sign on the side of the Daily Shake building.

Dr. Steve Turner, East Central University’s vice president for Administration and Finance, said he remembers the days of cruising Main well.

“The first traffic ticket I got was dragging Main Street,” he said.  “I had a 1970 model Super Beetle and I was down shifting and I actually did roll through the intersection at Main and Townsend.”

Sonya Stokes said teenagers would often spend entire nights socializing with friends while driving Main Street.

“In the winter time we would turn our heater up, roll our windows down and cruise from 6 o’clock until we had to be home at midnight,” she said.

For more information about “Cruising Main,” phone Stowers at (580) 436-1600.

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