Lions Club cruz-ins start

Published 10:36 pm Friday, March 30, 2018

The Smithfield Lions Club members will be cranking up their cars and getting ready to show them off at their upcoming series of cruz-ins.

The first and third Friday of the month will be an opportunity to show off cars and enjoy some family fun with the Lions Club. The cruz-ins will run from the first Friday in April through October.

For just a $2 donation, anyone can show off a car. The Lions Club accepts most any vehicle for the cruz-ins — old, new, motorcycles and trucks. Some Fridays will have 1930s Ford coupes or old Bel Air Chevrolets, but some weekends spectators can spot brand-new Dodge Chargers. Every Friday has the possibility of something different.

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The donation for showing a car goes towards charities that the Lions Club supports.

“You gather, socialize and look at cars,” Lions Club member Chris Hunt said. “It’s a really good family event. People can bring the kids and look at cars. People will park the cars and pop the hood and the trunk so you can get a peek at what they have.”

The event will always be held at Sentara St. Luke’s, 20209 Sentara Way, Carrollton, from 6 to 8 p.m. Every cruz-in will have Tom Norris as the DJ, and rotating, barbecue-themed food trucks will be on site.

The Lions Club is proud of the atmosphere they have at the events. They don’t allow alcohol or drugs at the events to keep it family-friendly.

Almost every week is filled with a Featured Car Club from the area, so there will be no shortage of cars to look at, but the first week will have their own Classic Cruisers featured.

Other weeks will be taken over by the Hampton Roads Camaro Club, Suffolk Rods and Muscle Car Clubs, Colonial Virginia Model A Club, Military Vehicle Preservation Society of Tidewater, the Mustang Club of Tidewater and the Virginia Four-Wheel Drive Association.

Along with the cars, the Lions Club will hold raffles and door prizes throughout the year. They regularly do a 50/50 raffle, and their door prizes come from different automotive sponsors they have. While they still do the same raffles, they are adding a new incentive for those that are regulars at the cruz-in.

“We are doing a participant end of the year raffle. Spectators get a raffle ticket every time they come, and the more times you come, the more times you are entered. At the trunk-or-treat we will draw a winner,” Hunt said.

They haven’t decided on a final amount of the prize, but it will be at least $300. The trunk-or-treat will be held for the last cruz-in of the season.