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The Cannibal Cruise will celebrate its sweet 16th anniversary as it rolls into Truckee this weekend. As many as 300 classic car owners will show off their meticulously maintained machines at Truckee River Regional Park starting Friday and ending Sunday.Steve Maitland, a Truckee Optimist Club member, has been coordinating the annual vintage car show in Truckee for 15 years. The cruise originated when the club sought a way to raise funds for its youth programs. Over the years, the event has been successful in garnering hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarship programs and youth sports, Maitland said. People drive to Truckee for the cruise from all over the country, including San Francisco, Southern California, Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. Maitland said cars of every make and model are welcome to register for the Show n Shine that takes place all day Saturday and Sunday. This year Maitland said he expects to see a lot of street hot rods and old classics, such as a 1936 Roadster, T-Birds and Corvettes. Maitland said he estimates each classic car to be worth at least $50,000 when the hours of labor plus pricey car parts are added up.Well have a lot of high-dollar cars, he said.The trail of freshly polished cars will depart from Truckee River Regional Park at 4:30 p.m. Saturday to cruise downtown and back up to the park.The cruise also brings more entertainment, with music and a craft fair to keep the weekends rockin feel. The craft/nostalgia fair will take place at the park all day Saturday and Sunday. Maitland said there are many new vendors this year, providing treats and one-of-a-kind gifts for people to peruse while they enjoy the festival-like atmosphere. Admission to the event is free.The rock n roll tunes at the cruise have also become synonymous with the event.We have a new band thats coming to play, said Maitland, but was hesitant to reveal too much. We have a couple little surprises we dont tell anybody.On Saturday, the Road Rockets will take the stage while the car judges make their rounds from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maitland said the T-N-T Explosion All Stars competitive cheerleading squad from Truckee will perform, and look for Papa Clutch & The Shifters at Saturday nights Sock Hop. Maitland said they have a special guest deejay who will play, but wouldnt divulge anymore of the cruises secrets. Maitland said he looks forward to the barbecue the Optimists cook every year, boasting the food the club makes is the best. He said they cook nearly 1,200 chicken and steak dinners each year. The rib steaks are just to die for, Maitland said.The event winds down Sunday with the awards ceremony and car raffle sponsored by the Truckee Meadows Optimist Club of Optimist International. This year a 1992 white Corvette Pop-top will be raffled. Maitland said its a combination thing with Truckee Meadows donating the car to benefit the Truckee Optimist clubs youth programs. Individual tickets cost $3.Maitland said the odds are better this year to win the car, with only 25,000 tickets sold compared to last years 80,000 to win a 1957 convertible T-Bird.

Friday July 712 -7 p.m. Car Registration at Truckee River Regional Park 4-8 p.m. the Craft/ Nostalgia Fair will have food, games, and gifts6 p.m. the park gates will open for the concert7 p.m. Jimmy & The Jets will perform a rock n roll concert. Admission is free.Saturday July 8 7-10 a.m. the Lions Club will offer breakfast7:30-10:30 a.m. Car Registration at the Senior Center8 a.m. – 11 p.m. the Craft/ Nostalgia Fair will continue all day at the parkShow n Shine of cars all day at park, judging is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.12p.m. – 4 p.m. the Road Rockets will be performing a live concert. Admission is free. 4:30-8 p.m. the Truckee Optimist Club barbecue will offer either a chicken or steak dinner6-7 p.m. the cars will cruise from the park through downtown Truckee and back7-11 p.m. Papa Clutch & The Shifters will perform during the Sock Hop. Tickets cost $5.Sunday July 97-10 a.m. the Lions Club will offer breakfast8 a.m.- 12 p.m. the Poker Run is open to everyone8 a.m. -4 p.m. the Craft/Nostalgia Fair will continue11 a.m.-3 p.m. the Show n Shine of cars continues1-3 p.m. the judges will hold the award ceremony and there will be a parade of winners3 p.m. the winner will be drawn for the car raffle


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