The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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August 20, 2011

Village revved up for Super Cruise

MEDINA — Medina is revving up for its annual Super Cruise, which will take place Wednesday along north Main Street.

The Super Cruise has been a tradition in the village for about 15 years, according to event co-chair Donna Bushover. It marks the culmination of the Friday night cruise-in series at the canal basin.

“This is just like a grand finale,” she said.

This year, Elvis impersonator Terry Buchwald will be returning to perform for classic car enthusiasts. He will begin serenading at 6 p.m. at the bandstand that will be set up outside Napa Auto Parts. The Masonic Lodge will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages and people are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and set up on the street.

Main Street will be blocked off from the intersection of Center Street, and south, beginning at about 4 p.m.

“It starts hoppin’ around then,” said Bushover.

About 200 classic cars are expected to line the street and fill the parking lots of First Niagara Bank, Hartway Motors and other businesses.

“There’s thousands of people who come out,” said Bushover. “Elvis brings a following with him. Kids like it because he throws out stuffed animals.”

According to Bushover, cruise nights were first held at Rotary Park. They were organized by Donna Mruczek, who scheduled bands to play.

“She knew cruising was popular, so it worked well together,” said Bushover, who co-chairs the events with Dave Green. “It just grew from then on.”

Now the summer cruise series is every Friday evening at the canal basin, with a DJ that plays classic tunes. Each week there is a different theme, including ladies night, a salute to our troops, and Christmas in July, where this year three bags of toys were collected for the Medina Area Association of Churches.

The weekly cruises average about 100 cars a night and is made possible by local businesses.

“The whole thing is really hosted by the United Way of Orleans County and paid for by local businesses,” said Bushover. “I think the unique thing is there’s a lot of businesses that step up and pay for it.”

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