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Saturday Cruise Shapes Up
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It's the biggest - and most successful - fundraiser of the year for the Escalon Lions Club ... and proceeds go to finance scholarships for graduating Escalon High School seniors.

The annual Autumn Cruise car show put on by the club hits the streets of Escalon on Saturday, Sept. 12 and organizers are looking forward to a great event.

Based on the popularity of the 'pre-cruise' shows that have been staged adjacent to Hula's on Jackson Avenue over the past few months, the cruise itself should draw a huge crowd.

Chairman John Salvin said they expect over 200 cars to be brought in for the show, to be displayed and admired, along with the trophy winners taking a 'cruise' around the downtown area in a new Parade of Champions event on Saturday afternoon.

Temperatures are forecast to hit the upper 90s on Saturday, so it will be a hot day for displaying the hot rods.

Saturday show hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with sign-ups anticipated that day in addition to the ones already submitted.

"We'll be cooking food ourselves this year for lunch and we will have some vendors," Salvin said.

The California Magic Under 18 girls travel softball team will host its traditional Car Cruise Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Escalon Grange Hall across the street from the Main Street Park, with the Lions Club opting to offer lunch as a way to make some more money for the scholarship program.

The Lions Club eyemobile will be on site and race car driver Eric Holmes will be on hand with his NAPA trailer and cars. There will also be a variety of drawings throughout the day.

Salvin said he is looking forward to the day and is excited about some of the changes, including the Parade of Champions.

With more than 200 auto enthusiasts bringing their vehicles to display, he said it gets too congested downtown for them all to join in the 'cruise.' So, those that receive the trophies in the various categories will take the 'victory lap' around the downtown area.