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Weather Dampens Annual Cruise
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Unexpected raindrops caused a bit of concern for car owners and their prized possessions on Saturday morning, but it wasn't enough to truly spoil the party, as the 16th annual Escalon Lions Club Autumn Cruise played host to the biggest crowd ever.

More than 250 cars were entered in the show, which was staged all day Saturday at the city's Main Street Park. (See photo page, A2.)

Chairman John Salvin said despite the handful of rain showers that hit intermittently throughout the day, the show went off well. And, he noted, car owners knew the Lions Club couldn't control the weather, so they all made the best of it.

"We ended up with 285 registered, there may have been some no shows because of the rain but we had a very good turnout and I was very pleased," Salvin said. "I haven't heard anything but good comments, people said it was the best raffle they've been to all year, the best show they've been to all year, parking was smooth, registration was smooth and we gave out over 61 trophies."

Ed Bracco of Farmington took Best of Show honors with his 1950s Buick, said Salvin, with the award voted on by the sponsors.

Cars filled the park for the day, with some special displays also featured, including the race cars and huge travel rig for race car driver Eric Holmes. Community groups and local businesses had some booths with merchandise and the raffle table offered an endless supply of goods, provided through local businesses and individuals.

Mitch Frisk of Ripon had a '68 Porsche in the show, recently driven back from Idaho, where he purchased it. He and wife Jennifer were also displaying a 1962 Nova and said they had been at the Friday night pre-cruise events at Hula's.

Former resident Peggy Wyrick was a first time exhibitor at the show, while Randy Benedix of Valley Home was back for a second time.

"I love this show," he said, shining up the windshield of his 1939 Chevy pick-up.

Local resident Charles Bumgarner had a 1930 Ford Roadster under cover and, as he put it, "under construction."

"I just like to visit people and look at the cars," he said of enjoying the day.

Emcee Gene Adams does about nine or 10 car shows a year and said it's always fun.

"Car people are some of the nicest people in the world," he said.

Salvin was busy Monday night totaling up the proceeds of the day and said it looked like the Lions Club would top the $10,000 mark for the cruise.

"That's all money that goes to the high school for scholarships," he said.