Parkersburg, Marietta newspapers plan classic cars cruise-in

MARIETTA — An all-American way to celebrate mid-summer’s eve is being offered by The Marietta Times and The Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

The newspapers are inviting everyone to a cruise-in from 6 to 9 p.m. June 20, the night before the summer solstice, the longest daylight date of the year. The event will include an array of classic and antique cars, live music, vendors, food trucks –including Waterman’s Fish and Fries — door prizes and raffles, held in the spacious, woodsy parking lot of The Marietta Times building at 700 Channel Lane.

Phil Correll, a member of the Rollin’ Oldies car club, said he plans to be there, driving either his 1972 Chevy Nova or his 2016 mirror-black Corvette.

“Some of us are planning to attend, we’ve shared it on a couple of Facebook pages,” he said. “These cruise-ins are usually pretty informal, you just drive up and set up your lawn chair.”

The Nova, one of the early 1970s classic muscle cars, is a “really nice car, not just a rust bucket,” Correll said. “But the Corvette, it’s a lot nicer to drive.”

Car owners are asked to register their vehicles starting at 4:30 p..m., and for a $10 fee can have them photographed and included in a special publication being printed by The Marietta Times and the News and Sentinel. The vehicles will be judged in categories for publisher’s choice, peoples’ choice, top car and top truck. The vehicle with the most votes will be featured on the cover of the publication.

The evening will offer more than half a dozen vendors, refreshments from food trucks, door prizes and raffles. Entry is free and open to everyone.

Live music will be provided by Pickin’ on Country, a family band from Dexter City that plays everything from bluegrass to classic rock.

Newspaper circulation manager Phil Waterman said booths will include a stained glass seller, a dealer in die-cast model cars, and a foster care and adoption agency, among others.

“It’s a nice way to enjoy a summer evening with the community,” Waterman said.