The Kruise of Klamath, now in its 14th year, is gearing up for their annual event that brings hundreds of classic cars to Klamath Falls at the end of June. This year’s event has been expanded to four days, June 26-30, with additional events that will showcase more of the area’s attractions.
“Approximately 35% to 40% of our attendees are from out of the area,” notes Kruise of Klamath Chair Glenda Stilwell. “We love to share the many wonderful attractions in our area to our out of town guests but never have enough time to fit them all in. So this year we added an extra day to our schedule and planned some events to showcase a few areas beyond the immediate vicinity of Klamath Falls.”
Merrill Show ‘n’ Shine
On Wednesday, June 26, the Kruise of Klamath will host a Show ‘n’ Shine at the Merrill Civic Center from 5 to 7 p.m. The Lost River FFA members will host a barbecue featuring tri-tip, chicken and sides for $15 as a fundraiser for attending the National FFA Convention. The barbecue is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at the Lost River High School main office, Martin’s Food Center, the Merrill Les Schwab or on the Kruise’s website at kruiseofklamath.org. In addition to the Show ‘n’ Shine and barbecue, entertainment will be provided by Michael Quinn and Cherry Wine for the duration of the event.
Hemmings’ Great Race
On Thursday, June 27, ahead of the normal evening Kruise Kick-Off Party, an excursion to Train Mountain and Crater Lake National Park has been planned. The group will depart via chartered bus and spend a couple of hours at Train Mountain before continuing on to Crater Lake for lunch and hopefully catching the Hemmings Motor News Great Race — the world’s premiere old car rally — that is passing through the park on the same day. Don’t miss movie night at the Ross Ragland Theater with a showing of the classic “American Graffiti” at 7 p.m. – everyone is welcome.
Mini shows, block party
Kruise weekend kicks into high gear on Friday, June 28 with mini shows around town from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then the evening block party at the Ross Ragland Theater starting at 5 p.m. The block party will feature a barbecue by Yummy’s Cowboy Cuisine and a concert by Nephilim. Both events are open to the public.
Shine at Moore Park
On Saturday the always popular show ‘n shine will be held at Moore Park from 9am to 4pm and the general public is encouraged to utilize the free shuttle from OIT to Moore Park as parking is extremely limited at the park. Saturday events will wrap up with Kruise vehicles cruising downtown from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. As a reminder there is no parking on Main and Klamath between 4th and 12th starting at 5pm that evening to prepare for the cruise.
Sunday marks the end of Kruise weekend with breakfast at Starv’n Marv’n and a poker run with cash prizes from 10 a.m. to noon that the public is welcome to participate in. More details on all of the events can be found on the Kruise of Klamath’s website at www.kruiseofklamath.org along with registration forms and the ability to purchase tickets to any of the above events.