Krusin’ Klassics revs up this weekend

ESCANABA – The 29th annual Krusin’ Klassics Fun Run will get rolling this weekend at the U.P. State Fairgrounds, and one lucky raffle winner will drive away in a 1980 Camero Z28.

The two-day celebration of automobiles will kick off Friday with the registration of vehicles for the event’s car show. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 9 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Building No. 5. The first 500 registrants will receive dash plaques and a goody bag.

In association with the Krusin’ Klassics Fun Run, the Escanaba Downtown Development Association and the Escanaba Partners in Business will be hosting activities and sales on Ludington Street Friday prior to the annual parade of classic cars.

The Escanaba Downtown Ribfest will start at 3 p.m. and run until 6 p.m. on Ludington Street. Guests of the event will be able to sample ribs from Crispigna’s Restaurant, the Ludington Grill, Hereford & Hops, Applewood Eatery, Bobaloon’s, and Shane Larson BBQ & Catering. Live music will be provided by Resolution.

To enjoy the ribs, guests must purchase a ticket. Tickets are available for $12 in advance at DDA Center Court and Crispigna’s Restaurant or the day of the event for $15 at Center Court. Only 250 tickets are available for the rib-tasting event.

Following Ribfest and the downtown sales, the annual Krusin’ Klassics parade will begin at 7 p.m. The parade will travel from Ludington Park, down Ludington Street and along the Lake Michigan shoreline to Gladstone and Kipling before the cars return to the fairgrounds.

“Usually our parade has at least 400 (cars),” said Krusin’ Klassics Car Club President Terrie Belongie. “We usually have quite a parade.”

The event continues Saturday with gates opening at 7 a.m. Entry to the fairgrounds is $5.

Saturday kicks off with a pancake breakfast served by the Ford River Lions Club in the Ruth Butler Building from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

The auto show will begin at 8 a.m. On average, the nearly 600 vehicles are registered in the show spanning decades, makes and models. The vast majority of vehicles registered for the event are classic cars, which includes any vehicle 25 years or older.

“We do have a special interest grouping which can be newer,” said Belongie.

Twenty participant awards and five specialty awards will be presented at 4:30 p.m.

A swap meet will take place concurrently with the car show. Swap spaces cost $5.

Cars aren’t the only attraction at the Fun Run. The Antique Village will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Also available will be the DNR Pocket Park, food, displays, bounce houses, and kids tractor pulls.

“It’s family oriented. It’s a lot of fun collaborating with the old and the new and the young and the old,” said Belongie.

A dance will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight with music by Jam Band and at 10 p.m. the winner of this year’s raffle car, a 1980 Camero Z28, will be drawn. Tickets for the raffle will be available the day of the event and in advance at Auto Value in Escanaba or anywhere the car is on display.

A large portion of the proceeds from the Fun Run is donated back to the community for various projects. Some of the money is used to promote auto education in area schools.

“North Central – they just started an auto club – we just donated to them like $500 for tools and things like that. It’s just to keep the money going around,” explained Belongie.

For more information about the Krusin’ Klassics Car Club or the Fun run visit www.krusinklassics.net.