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Cruisin': Classic Car Fun
In June 20 Issue
Russell County News
By Ron Cowell, Columnist

The past couple of weeks have been full of fun for old car lovers. Just this past Thursday the Power Cruise went through Somerset on it’s way to Bristol, Tenn. from Wisconsin. If you were in Somerset on Thursday, June 11, you saw vintage cars, classic cars, hot rods, rat rods and more all over town. The Center and the college were packed with Classic cars and vendors and car lovers sharing stories and talking old cars.

The day started out with a lot of heavy rain and wind and at the start it looked like it was going to be a miserable day for the event. Everyone started to think “sunshine” and around 2:30 p.m. the sky cleared and it was a beautiful day for the event. The parking lots were full of classic cars and 27 was being traveled by the vehicles of the past.

As you drove down 27 people were lined up along side the road, setting in lawn chairs watching the old cars going up and down the road. These cars may have been old but most of them looked better than the day they came of the showroom floor for the first time. Everything from hopped up VW’s to classic GTO, Mustangs, Ramblers and even old panel trucks shinning a sparkling in the sun. Station Wagons seemed to be really big this year also. Several completely restored attended the event. It was unofficial but I was told at one point there were over 5,000 cars in this event. If you didn’t get the chance to see this you missed something really special.

Then right here in Russell County Sonic had their Block Party on the first Friday of June. They have this the first Friday of each month through Oct. It proved to be a fun night with plenty of great cars attending.

The Russell County Fair also had a car show at the fair that was a big success. Our congrats go out to Themie Shepard who took his GMC van to the show and won the award for the ugliest van. Truth is Themie is in the process of fixing the van up and it is in primer and more. That’s the reason it does not look real pretty at this time.

The second Friday of each month the “OUTSIDERS” Car Club have their Cruise in at Sonic. The Cruise for June was a big success. The numbers grow each month with bigger crowds and fantastic cars. There were a lot of great prizes given away and a lot of people went home happy. The evening was filled with old music, trivia questions and a lot of prizes.

Two of the ladies from the “OUTSIDERS” went all out with poodle skirts and dressing for the night. Fill Cowell , better known as Ms. Fill, Children’s Librarian  from the Russell County Library and Phyllis Taylor went through the crowd selling 50/50 tickets. These two ladies do a lot of work for the club and the club appreciates their efforts. Make plans to be at the next one on July 10th.

Coming up this month on June 20th The Ol Boys Toys will once again have their show at K Mart parking lot across from Subway. This show is held every month through Oct. and is always full of Great looking cars. When you attend this show you have a voice in who the winners are. All the cars are voted on by the public. The old music is provided by Denver Wilson and you will always see Themie Shepard taking pictures for the Ol Boys Toys Web page. You can get on live and check out all the happenings and winners of the shows at

Everyone by now I’m sure has heard there is not going to be a Lakefest this year for the 4th of July. There are two things still going on that day in case you are looking for something to do.

Doc Monin will still be having his Classic car show. This has not been canceled and will be held at the school same as every year. This show is a special show because there are no hot rods, rat rods or souped up vehicles in this show. All the cars that enter the show are truly original or as original as they can be. If you want to bring back some memories of days gone by plan on attending the show.

Then the 4th of July at 6 p.m. The Cove is having an old fashioned Block Party in the parking lot there. The Twins will be playing the music of the 50’s and 60’s plus The Cove will have a lot of specials. Bring your car out to The Cove Block Party on the 4th of July or just come out and join in the fun. We hope to see you at there.

So far this summer has been a good one. Everyone is in the spirit and have their cars all shined up and proud to show them. If you haven’t made a show yet, it’s something you really need to do before the season is over.

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