Festivities surrounding the eighth annual Miracle Mile Parade & Gateway Fest wouldn’t be the same without the Miracle Mile Cruisers Car Show at Southern Plaza, 4200 S. East St., where registration runs from 8-10 a.m. Saturday.
The show, open to all hot rods, customized, muscle and classic cars, trucks, specialty vehicles and motorcycles, gets under way at 11:30 a.m. and will feature a food tent, music by disc jockey Paul Rippy, an appearance by Bob ‘Bikini” Keeney, raffles and a cornhole tournament.
The car show is a great day for the plaza and a boon for the merchants, said Chris Truran, regional maintenance supervisor for Tri-Land, which owns Southern Plaza.
“The additional traffic results in our stores enjoying extra sales. Many husbands and wives come to the show. The men will often stay with their cars while their wives go shopping.”
And the merchants are aware of that – hence many are having sidewalk sales.
The show is made possible because it’s a joint effort among all the merchants. “We put our heads together, came up with an idea and rolled with it; Office Depot has been great in paying for the printing for our brochures,” said Truran, who with daughters Brittany, Allyson and Esabella will create a heartwarming Santa’s house at the center in December.
The registration fee is $15 in advance at www.miraclemileparade.com, $20 on-site. All car show participants will be treated to breakfast from Bert & Den’s. Proceeds benefit the Gateway Community Alliance, a grassroots economic and development group responsible for the parade’s rebirth.
Commemorative dash plaques will be presented to the first 150 entries, and various awards will be issued at 3:30 p.m.
Call Truran at 791-0420 for more information.