Wild about wheels
Saturday night was all about cars in Willow Springs as dozens gathered at Bailey Chevrolet for a joint Chamber of Commerce and Cruise-In event. The dealership hosted the latest “Chamber After Hours.” This newly launched program allows Chamber members to gather at a member-businesses after business hours in a casual mixer-style setting. The event at Bailey’s Saturday was far and away the best attended so far. Unlike the others in the series, it was open to the public to highlight the Cruise-In.
Willow Springs Cruise-In Events has been hosting a monthly “cruise-in” all summer long. Generally held at Booster Field, this month’s event took place in the dealership parking lot.
Organizer Jason Story said Saturday’s event featured about forty cars. Usually, they will place as many as seventy. Unlike a car show, a cruise-in is very casual. There is no judging, and no prizes are awarded. The events are simply a chance for car enthusiasts to gather and appreciate vehicles of all descriptions.
Adding to the festive atmosphere was live music by Brady Walton. Walton performed a selection of country music hits and classics while accompanying himself on guitar.
On September 9, Willow Springs Cruise-In Events will host Bear Town Tear Down, an auto fest in downtown Willow Springs. Featuring vendors, food, live music, and a car show, the event will serve as a fundraiser for scholarships for local youth pursuing technical careers. Festivities will begin at 9:00 a.m.