Dexter Sunrise Kiwanis to host cruise-in on Aug. 5

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DEXTER — For most, the arrival of spring is heralded by budding, leafing trees, and the bursting of bulbs in the garden. And for others this signals a second coming; hoses are hooked up and cars having witnessed the advent of many mornings, at least 35 are backed out of their winter refuges, dusted off, detailing checked, and made ready to go. Their owners, representing a healthy cross section of the population, look forward to that first drive, that first cruise, that first car show. They may belong to a club, a less formal group, or they may be solo, but the eagerness is the same.

Part and parcel of spring, the car show season is now in full swing with many events on the calendar. Car shows (days) and cruise-ins (late day) are also an important social event given their capacity to attract large numbers of people, sometimes from great distances. A number of things have to happen for a car show to work. Communications with media and on the ground through flyers and mailings are essential. A critical aspect of these events is the cause they identify with; usually a charity, a social issue like domestic violence prevention, or perhaps an organization like the Boy Scouts.

Entertainment is also important, but the presence of vehicles that amount to works of art acts as a catalyst for enthusiasm, and even inspiration for many. In and out of Maine these are sights to behold — the results frequently referred to as “Maine winter projects.” Long winters produce beautifully detailed “sets of wheels.”

The Kiwanis Club of Dexter Sunrise has chosen to host an annual cruise-in event as one of a number of fundraisers that provide a wide variety of services to the children and young adults in the club’s four towns. Last year’s cruise-in was a wonderful success, not only in terms of numbers and quality of classic vehicles, but very favorable follow-up reviews from car owners, other car clubs and the general public as well. Although the school parking lot has ample space, assisted parking will allow for additional cars, with no “door dings” resulting.

The third annual Kiwanis Cruise-In will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5 (rain date is Aug. 6) from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ridge View Community School. Entertainment with DJ Mike and The Wildwoods Band, a traditional country/rock band, will be good to go. The Kiwanis will vend food and soft drinks. “Cool Ride” awards will be presented for those highest vote-getter vehicles. A special booklet will also be distributed at entry points beginning at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Bob Fritsch at 924-7336 or

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ANNUAL DEXTER SUNRISE KIWANIS CRUISE-IN — The third annual Dexter Sunrise Kiwanis Cruise-In will take place on Saturday, Aug. 5 from 4:30-8 p.m. in the Ridge View Community School parking lot. The event rain date is Sunday, Aug. 6.

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