NSP car show returns

Storied History Cruze begins June 6

In a way, the North St. Paul History Cruze Car Show serves as a festival for the city. However, as History Cruzer Paul Houliston points out, “This one goes for 16 weeks”.

The first car show of the summer is just days away. The show has gone on every year since 1996, and this year will run from June 6 to Sept. 19. Shows will take place every Friday evening, giving North St. Paul residents a chance to mingle with neighbors to start off their weekend throughout the summer season.

“It’s just become such a family-friendly thing,” Houliston says. “It’s kind of amazing sometimes to just look around and see the diverse amount of people that are there. You can go down there spend 20 bucks on food, or you can spend nothing, and everyone seems to have a good time.”

On display along East Seventh Avenue in the downtown district will be an array of vintage cars ranging from multiple decades, along with a wide variety of different food options. This year, the American Legion will be serving food for the first time, including chicken and turkey wraps.

“Always the draw is the fantastic food we always have,” says Bruce Fabio, one of the original organizers of the car show. “None of the foods that we’ve ever had at our car show have been anything frozen that you just drop in the grease, then handed to you. Everything that we have, we always select is quality.”

The 2014 show will feature some familiar events, such as the second annual blood drive, which will take place between 3 and 8 p.m. Friday, July 13.

One of the handful of new events is the city of North St. Paul sponsoring one of the nights, specifically June 20. While the city’s support and participation of the car show has always been prevalent, this will mark the city’s first year featuring an official sponsorship.

City trucks will be on display for the day, along with an open house at City Hall.

“The city has really come through to try to work closely with the History Cruze,” Fabio said. “The city council and the city manager have been instrumental in joining up with us to work closely with us.”

The car show is funded through sponsor and vendor fees, but volunteers and the organization don’t make a profit off the storied event. According to Fabio, the organizers do not receive “any payment of any sort.” All profits are channeled back into the event for the next year.

You can reach Tim Faklis at 651-748-7814, at tfaklis@lillienews.com, or on Twitter at @tfaklisnews.


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