Cruise into downtown Franklin

Published 12:11 pm Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Franklin Cruise-In will begin on Wednesday, May 4. The weekly event has plenty of prizes available. -- SUBMITTED

The Franklin Cruise-In will begin on Wednesday, May 4. The weekly event has plenty of prizes available. — SUBMITTED

The 2016 Franklin Cruise-In season is fast approaching. Although several qualities will remain the same, such as Monster Energy Drinks coming out as much as possible, other things have changed, such as more room for more participants and the prize money amount has increased.

This years schedule and details are as follows:

• April 30: VFW is sponsoring a Sock Hop dance to kick off the season. For those dressed in period attire, there will be a chance to win prizes. This will be held at VFW Post 4411, 3385 Beaverdam Rd, Franklin. This is a great opportunity to get to know the members and thank them personally for their support.

The cost is $20 per person, or $35 per couple, which includes dinner. Those planning to attend are encouraged to bring their vehicle. Beer and soft drinks will be available, and brown-bagging is allowed. Tickets available at Fred’s Restaurant, VFW Post 4411 at 569-8169, or contact Scott Seddon at 348-1341 for more information.

• May 4, 2016: Cruise-In begins! Every Wednesday evening until Sept. 14 in the Main Street parking lot in front of the fire station.

• We will have three classes of vehicles at registration. Older than 1972 cars and trucks; 1972 and newer cars and trucks; motorcycle (2 and 3 wheeled vehicles). One ticket per vehicle/per class given each week for a chance to win the Grand Finale Prize Money. We want to encourage all car and motorcycle enthusiasts to join us in beautiful downtown Franklin.

• Grand Finale: Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

• The prize money has been raised to $3,000 for 2016; $1,000 per class mentioned above. This will be held at the Boat Ramp parking lot at Barrett’s Landing end of Main Street. This gives us much more room to handle the growing number of vehicles expected this year. A Craft Fair, car corral and auto-related extravaganza will also be available.

• Starting at sundown, the movie, Deuce Coupe, will be shown on the big screen. This movie was made in Franklin and surrounding areas. Many of the cars that frequent the Cruise-In were also in the movie. If you have not had a chance to see the movie, now is the chance.

To keep up-to-date, contact Mike Smith at 438-2981 or Ray Smith at 621-8956.