Steer your way to the Canal Street Cruise-In

Steer your way to the Canal Street Cruise-In

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The Canal Street Cruise-In Antique Car and Bike Show has more than 100 cars expected in Bolivar. The show will take place on Canal Street on July 23 from 4-7 p.m. Owners will be able to register cars from 3-5 p.m.

“We had 130 cars register last year,” said Justin Wallace, vice president of the Bolivar Main Street Association, the show sponsor. “We’re expecting even more this year.”

While admiring the cars, those in attendance can listen to hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s, thanks to Spikeman DJ.

“Spikeman is a favorite among car show enthusiasts, and he actually worked with us and the Strasburg Lions Club this year to plan two of our shows back to back the same day,” Wallace said. “The Strasburg show runs from 1-4 p.m. that day, so we’re hoping to draw people from that show to ours afterward.”

The show accepts all makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles. The first 50 registrants will receive dash plaques, and trophies will be awarded to the top-25 cars, as well as Mayor’s Choice and People’s Choice winners.

“We will also be handing out door prizes during the event,” Wallace said.

Spectators can stroll along the car-lined streets for free, but cars must register. Preregistration is $8 or $10 the day of the show. Those wishing to preregister or needing more information should call 330-575-3889.

Wallace said funds raised by the car show this year will be dedicated toward several BMSA projects. “Our main focus is going to be getting the Santa Claus House fixed up and more presentable, hopefully by this year’s Christmas on the Canal event, which we also sponsor,” he said.

Wallace said the interior of the house needs a complete renovation to update the look, give it a holiday theme and make general repairs.

“The deck also needs refinishing,” Wallace said. “It’s splintering pretty badly. Any additional proceeds are going to go toward putting tourism kiosks in the village, benches and other things here and there that will improve the town.”

Grab a bite to eat

The Bolivar Lions Club will sell barbecue chicken dinners in front of the Army-Navy Club on the corner of Water and Canal streets. Dinner will include half a chicken, an ear of corn, a dinner roll and beverage.

The annual barbecue is a fundraiser for the club. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day of the show. Proceeds support the Lions Club’s free vision care for children in need and other charitable activities such as the annual Halloween party at Bolivar Intermediate School after trick or treat.

“We pay for kids to get glasses if they can’t afford them,” said Brad Wharmby, Lions Club treasurer. “The families just go through the school, and the school contacts us. We do vision screenings for kids entering kindergarten every year too.”

In addition, Wharmby said the club awards a scholarship to a local student every year and accepts donations of old eyeglasses at the Town & Country Veterinarian Clinic in Bolivar. The used glasses are then sent out for recycling and distribution to people in need all around the globe.

“We’re really trying to grow our membership so we can do even more,” Wharmby said. “We’ve really improved our fundraising in the past few years, but we can always do better and take on bigger projects.”

Those who wish to purchase barbecue tickets in advance should call Wharmby at 330-575-7325. The Bolivar Lions Club meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bolivar.