Hot rods, Johnny Holm and more
Dancin’ & Cruisin’ classic car show/concert kicks off Apple Valley’s Freedom Days
Expect to see plenty of polished chrome outside Bogart’s Place nightclub next Friday.
Hot rods, dune buggies and other vintage vehicles will be on display June 29 for Dancin’ & Cruisin’, the annual classic car show and concert that serves as the kickoff to Apple Valley’s Freedom Days festival.
The event, which runs from 6 p.m. to midnight in the Bogart’s parking area, includes a concert by the Johnny Holm Band, food concessions, a business vendor fair and music throughout the night provided by DJ Sounds.
Now in its 13th year, Dancin’ & Cruisin’ has seen some big-time growth since its inception. Originally held outside Rascals Bar & Grill across town, it featured a meager 25 or so cars its first year, according to Freedom Days chair Pat Schesso.
But the event grew to the point that a few years back organizers began searching out a bigger venue. Bogart’s, with its expansive parking area, fit the bill, and in recent years the event has drawn an estimated 3,000 people and has featured 200-some classic cars each year.
The car show will have some additional visual sizzle this year, as organizers are opening it up to classic trucks and motorcycles for the first time.
“We’re trying to give it a whole new look,” said Schesso. “It’s not just classic cars this year.”
Admission to the car show is free, though there’s a $10 cover for the 8:30 p.m. Johnny Holm concert.
As in past years, vehicles will be judged and plaques will be awarded to winners in various categories. There is a $20 entry fee for entrants in the car show which includes a T-shirt and “goodie” bag for the first 150 registered participants.
A 10- to 15-mile car cruise will be assembling in the Apple Valley Ford parking lot and will begin between 4 and 4:30 p.m. and end at Bogart’s. Registration will begin at 3 p.m.
More information about Dancin’ & Cruisin’, including registration forms for the car show and the business vendor fair, is at www.avfreedomdays.com.