|Tenth Annual Car Cruise Planned for Downtown Hazleton|
The Tenth Annual Downtown Hazleton Car Cruise will take place in Downtown Hazleton on Friday, August 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Cruise, coordinated by the Downtown Committee of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored by Tunnessen’s Inc. This is the 9th consecutive year that Tunnessen’s has sponsored the event. Chamber officials state that this year’s event will be somewhat different that previous cruises due to the Broad Street Corridor construction. This year’s event is being called a “Cruise-in. The classic vehicles will continue to enter at Church and Chestnut Streets (by former Blue Comet Diner), make a left onto Laurel Street and then continue to Broad Street where they will immediately park between Cedar and Church Streets and be available to the public for viewing until 9 p.m. Dash Plaques, compliments of the Anthracite Region AACA, and goodie bags (bags compliments of Tunnessen’s Radiator Shop) will be presented to the first 200 vehicles. This year’s dash plaque will highlight Jimmy’s Quick Lunch with photos of AACA members’ cars.
Bill Spear, chairman of the Downtown Committee states, “Once again, for the ninth year in a row, we are grateful to Tunnessen’s Inc. for agreeing to cosponsor this event. Except for the initial cruise, Tunnessen’s has been our premier sponsor and we are very appreciative of their support. Their sponsorship allows us to make this event bigger and better every year and assists us with our marketing costs and entertainment throughout the evening. Our committee conducts several events throughout the year, and we are always looking at ways in which to add to each event. Tunnessen’s sponsorship allows us to expand the Car Cruise activities and the committee is thankful for their continued commitment to this event”.
Downtown merchants and businesses are being asked for items to be placed in “goodie” bags for the participants. These items can be pens, keychains, cents off coupons, hats, anything to help promote their business. Or, they can purchase an item from a fellow member business and present that prize on their behalf. Items should be provided to the Chamber office no later than Friday, July 29th.
Jimmy Grohol, Cruise chairman, stated that for the fifth consecutive year, the Legends will provide live entertainment. The band, co-sponsored by Jimmy’s Quick Lunch, Tunnessen’s and the Chamber, will provide entertainment from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In addition, DJ Tony Pacelli, D.J. Jimmy Dino, and D.J. Diva will also be playing music throughout the evening. A new edition for this year is a presentation by the Keystone Kids Starmakers.
Plus, attendees, both cruise participants and the public, will be able to register to win prizes from participating merchants.
The Hazleton Automobile Trades Association will once again take part this year. Members of the Association, Barber Ford, Berger Family Dealerships, Fairway Motors, Feissner Ford, Harry’s U Pull It/Kress Auto Parts, Independence Toyota, and Tunnessen’s Inc., will display vehicles on the sidewalks of downtown Hazleton beginning at Noon. Also, local car clubs are invited to set up a display to promote their organization. Merchants are also encouraged to take advantage of the busy day by conducting “sidewalk sales” throughout the day and evening.
In addition, a special advertising campaign is being coordinated by the downtown merchants and businesses and the Standard Speaker. If you would like to become part of this special advertising, call the Standard Speaker at 455-3636 as soon as possible. Panorama Magazine, Local News 13, WAZL, WYLN are also media sponsors.
The Hazleton Parking Authority wishes to remind the public that there is FREE parking daily after 5:00 p.m. and FREE parking in the Parking Garage after 6:00 p.m. Officials stress that Broad Street, between Church and Cedar Streets, will be closed to through traffic from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to accommodate the Car Cruise-In. Alternate traffic routes are suggested for the general public. Directional signs, courtesy of DeAngelo Brothers/Interstate Road Markings will be placed throughout the cruise area.
The public is encouraged to attend by coming to Downtown Hazleton to view the hundreds of vehicles and take advantage of the many businesses that will remain open until 9:00 p.m.
Pictured: The 10th Annual Downtown Hazleton Car Cruise will be held in downtown Hazleton on August 5th from 6-9 p.m. Preparing for the cruise are: Bill Spear, Chamber Downtown committee chair, Bob Tunnessen, sponsor; Chris Tunnessen, sponsor; Steve Goldian, Tunnessen employee and committee member; Mike Harvilla with his 1967 Barracuda; Steve Bugda with his 1962 Chevy; John LaRose and Morgan Clark with LaRose’s 1965 Mustang; Tom Fayock with his 1998 Jack Roush Mustang; Tom Fidishun with his 1979 Cadillac, and Jim Grohol with his 1977 Continental.
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