Historic Somerset, Ky., is recognized by the Kentucky Legislature as the Cruise-in Capital of the Bluegrass State because it has been home to Somernites Cruises for the past 15 years.
On the fourth weekend of every month from April to October – rain or shine – the city shares its passion for all things related to classic automobiles.
The free shows are like a block party, complete with great food, live entertainment, contests, giveaways, celebrities and children’s activities at what’s known as Friday Night Thunder at the local mall. In addition, there are contests for the loudest pipes and burnouts, the latter of which are occasionally supervised by the police.
The shows also include a swap meet and shuttle bus service for shopping opportunities.
Cast members from the television show “Happy Days” signed autographs at the last show.
Typically, Saturday’s portion of the event will play host to more than 1,000 cruisers as they line the streets.
Each month spotlights different classics to be appreciated. This season’s themes have been Mopar, orphan cars, F-body cars, Corvette summer, Mustang alley and hot rods.
Downtown activities wrap up by 6 p.m. because from 7-10 p.m. the shows move to the “strip,” where hundreds of automobiles cruise a several-mile stretch of a six-lane highway.
Townspeople and spectators line the route with their lawn chairs and cameras to celebrate the moments with the cruisers.
Many towns have visions of hosting great cruise-ins, but from my recent experience, the Somerset folks have mastered this great American tradition.
Until next time, happy cruising!