Cannibal Cruise planned July 10-12 |

Cannibal Cruise planned July 10-12

For the eighth year running, the Truckee Optimist Club’s Cannibal Cruise will enthrall classic car enthusiasts, who can expect to see a wide variety of restored and customized American rolling iron in the car show and events from July 10-12.

As in past years, the cruise’s theme is a 1950s and ’60s car show July 11-12 at Truckee River Regional Park.

Steve Maitland, head of the Truckee Optimist organizing committee, said the three-day event generates more than $25,000 yearly. The Truckee Optimist Club uses proceeds from the event to benefit community youth programs. Optimists, however, are not the only group responsible for raising funds for youth programs. In addition to the Optimists, about 140 businesses have come together to help produce the annual event. Several youth groups volunteer time at the event.

Entrants will have two opportunities to register their vehicles in the show: Friday, July 11, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. Maitland said the show typically draws around 300 to 350 entries each year.

There is a $75 entry fee for cars, but spectators get to watch the festivities for free. Last year some 15,000 people showed up to watch.

Schedule of events

Cannibal Cruise kicks off Friday, July 10 when the Poker Walk begins at noon at Truckee Train and Toy downtown. In the evening, Johnny Slick and the Cheaters will take the stage at the regional park amphitheater. Gates for the rock and roll revival open at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $12.50 at the gate; kids under 11 will be let in free.

Maitland encourages people not to bring their own food to the concert as youth groups will serve food at the event as a fund-raiser. He recommended, however, bringing blankets or lawn chairs.

Saturday’s slate of events kicks off bright and early with a pancake breakfast hosted by the High Sierra Senior Center at 8 a.m. An all-day street fair complete with food, games and entertainment starts at 9 a.m. as vendors open their booths for business. Music will go on all day, with performances by Route 66, Alan Redstone and the antics of Wheeler Cole, and the Poker Walk will resume at 10 a.m. at Truckee Train and Toy.

The car show, called Show ‘n’ Shine, runs from 8 a.m. until the end of the day Saturday, and judges will rate the vehicles from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday night the cruise offers a steak and chicken barbecue. Adult plates will cost $8 and child plates will cost $5.

Cannibal Cruisers take to the streets of Truckee from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Participants cruise a route from Tahoe-Truckee High School, through downtown and back to regional park.

Saturday’s events culminate with a sock hop featuring the rock ‘n’ roll tunes of Papa Clutch and the Shifters from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Admission to the sock hop costs $5, and kids 18 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

On Sunday, July 13, High Sierra Seniors are hosting another pancake breakfast beginning at 7 a.m. There is also a poker run beginning at 8 a.m. which is open for all drivers. Last car out in the Poker Run will depart at 10 a.m.

Also scheduled Sunday is the parade of winners at 1 p.m., followed at 3 p.m. by the drawing of the grand prize – a 1934 Ford Roadster worth over $30,000.

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