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Hundreds Of Classics Rolling Into Town

Starting off with a hearty breakfast at the Grange Hall on Main Street, served up by the American Legion Riders, Saturday will be filled with plenty of fun and fundraising in Escalon.

It’s time for the annual Escalon Lions Club Autumn Cruise and festivities in the city’s Main Street Park begin at 8 a.m. and run until about 4 p.m.

At the Grange Hall, diners can get breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., featuring eggs, linguica, ham, biscuits and gravy and pancakes, for $9 per person.

The car show, which typically draws over 300 entries and three times as many viewers, helps raise scholarship money for Escalon High School seniors.

Coordinator Doug George, a member of the Escalon Lions, said it looks like the weather will cooperate and those planning to attend can spend a whole day enjoying the classic cars, music, food, prize drawings and live and silent auctions.

“We’re up to about 250 pre-registered, a little bit ahead of last year, “ George noted on Friday afternoon. “We are looking for about 350, that’s about what we get each year.”

Cars and trucks are prominently featured, and past shows have also seen a handful of motorcycles and even a boat or two.

The club hosted its Friday night Pre-Cruise gatherings at Hula’s on Jackson Avenue throughout the summer and George said the highest attendance came in about 65 cars on display there, though most Fridays averaged around three dozen.

In the park on Saturday, there will be some merchandise and specialty vendors and a pinstriper will also be there to do some detailing work on classics.

“We always have a good raffle, some pretty hot items,” George added, with a mini-refrigerator among the items being offered in the auction portion of the day as well.

The Lions Club hosts a lunch at the park with a cost of $10.

There is no fee to attend the car show itself.

George said he is still working on his own classic, a ’50 Buick, which is in process.

“Hopefully it’ll be all ready for next year,” he said.