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Mexico Cruise-In on May 30
There were 102 vintage cars on display at the Mexico Firemen's Relief Association Cruise-In last May. Selectmen approved the second annual event on Thursday, May 30 behind the Mexico Fire Department.
MEXICO -- When members of the Tired Iron Cruizers Car Club held a cruise-in last May here, the event was successful way beyond their hopes. There was little doubt the cruise-in would return.
Member Frank Anastasio said the second annual Mexico Firemen's Relief Association Cruise-In will take place on Thursday, May 30 from 5-8 p.m. in the parking lot behind the fire department and town office. Also sponsoring is the Western Maine Street Rods. The Mexico Police Explorers will assist with traffic control.
Anastasio said they were hoping for maybe 50 to 60 vintage cars for the event last May, but ended up with 102. Further, they ran out of food on two occasions because so many people attended.
"It was a huge hit," he noted, adding they're trying to start it sooner to try to get some more businesses interesting in sponsoring their event.
Further, the event raised some $900 from concession sales for the Mexico Firemen's Relief Association, which is working to help the Mexico Fire Department buy a six-wheel all-terrain vehicle for remote rescues. Its cost is estimated to be between $10,000 and $12,000. The association launched its fundraising campaign for the rescue vehicle in May 2011.
There is no admission fee for cars in the show, which is billed as a night of socializing, food and music. The Mexico Firefighters Relief Association will provide a barbecue. Golden Oldies music will be provided by DJ Dan Richard, owner of Dan's Automotive in Mexico.
The first 100 cars to arrive for display will get 2x3-inch commemorative dash plaques.
Anastasio said Mexico fire Chief Gary Wentzell donated the money for 100 plaques, which has a picture of a fire station in the center. To the left of the station is an antique firetruck and to the right of the station is a caricature-like drawing of a 1957 Chevrolet. On top of the plaque are the words, "second annual Mexico Firefighters Relief Association Cruise Nite" and at the bottom, the date and year of the event.
"People who go to car shows collect these and display them as dash plaques," said Anastasio.
Mexico Firefighters Relief Assoc. has donated a $100 check for door prizes for participants, with Advance Auto adding to the door prizes.
Naples has donated a meat bundle, to be raffled -- 2 for $1 and an arm's length for $5 -- to benefit the Mexico Firefighters Relief Assoc.
The plan is for the cruise-in to take place every year on the fourth Thursday in May. Anastasio said the rain date for the this event will be May 31.