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Cruise Fundraiser Rolls In Saturday
The last of the Friday night pre-cruise gatherings at Hula's on Jackson Avenue in Escalon had the parking lot jam-packed on Sept. 2 and organizers anticipate a huge turnout for Saturday's annual Escalon Lions Club Autumn Cruise.

The long-awaited big show will be staged in the city's Main Street Park and Lions Club spokesman/car show coordinator John Salvin said pre-registration is up over last year.

"We have 230 people signed up already," Salvin said just prior to the final Friday night pre-cruise. "Last year we had 247 cars total."

With the huge number of pre-registered vehicles, Salvin said organizers are expecting a bigger crowd. They had 174 cars pre-registered last year and always anticipate a few dozen 'day of' registrations.

Saturday's events in the park on Sept. 10 are all designed to raise money for Escalon Lions Club scholarships, presented to graduating Escalon High School seniors. The day will include a $7 breakfast served up by the Lions at the Grange Hall on Main Street from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., featuring pancakes, eggs, linguica, biscuits and gravy, milk and coffee. The breakfast is open to the public, whether they are registered for or plan to attend the car show or not. It is a community breakfast.

The car show itself starts at 8 a.m. and continues until about 3:30 p.m., with the presentation of multiple plaques to wrap up the day.

"We have over 20 vendors coming," Salvin added, noting they will range from jewelry to auto parts, kettle corn to purses.

Also planned is a popular fashion show, being staged this year with fashions from the local Bedazzled boutique and Evolution Skate and Surf Shop.

"We even have a face painting booth," Salvin said.

Lunch will be served on site, with proceeds from the $10 a plate barbecued hot dog, chips, drink and cookie lunch also benefiting the scholarship fund.

Salvin said the Friday night gatherings met with unprecedented success this year, due in part to the generally mild weather throughout the summer months and the variety of drawings for prizes and the weekly plaques presented to participants, chosen by the individual or business providing the plaque.

More chances to be a winner await those attending the car show, including activities ranging from an interactive 'poker walk' with trophies for the high hand and low hand, a treasure chest with over $3,000 worth of items inside and the grand prize of a $500 travel voucher provided by Growers Choice/Longstreth Farms/Growers Preference in cooperation with Ceres World Travel.

"We have car owners pre-registered from Auburn, Sonoma, we have a fire engine coming from Sonora," noted Salvin. "The bulk of cars are coming from Modesto, Oakdale, Manteca, Riverbank and Escalon."

Salvin said the day always seems to be successful because of the camaraderie of the car owners, the joy they get in sharing stories and the fun atmosphere.

"If people want to see cars, this is the place to be," Salvin said.